Double Helixes and Double Crosses (was: Favorite NON-fiction)

Tue Jan 28 13:33:05 PST 2003

On Tuesday, January 28, 2003, at 04:30 PM, Chris Olson - SunPS wrote:

>> Not from me. I respect your opinions.
> You do?  Heh.... :)
>> I got a profound insight on authority after reading (believe it or 
>> not)
>> Louis's Cooper's Time Master trilogy (excellent books, BTW). In her
>> world either the gods of order ruled or the gods of chaos ruled. There
>> was no balance. When chaos returns to power, instead of wiping out all
>> that was order, they simply stepped back and the let people of the
>> world worship who they wanted and live their lives as they saw fit.
>> Law and chaos are insperatable(sp) and one cannot thrive without the
>> other. Authority is good in so long as chaos is allowed to have its
>> part.
> Authority can be good, in some ways, I'll agree.  Unfortunatly,
> it has the tendency to create corruption and to heighten greed.
> But I completely agree that chaos and order cannot be seperated.

Thats why you have chaos. When order starts out it is Good but then 
corruption and greed set in. Thats where chaos comes, into shake things 
up a bit.

In some fantasy world chaos is equated with Evil (read: Elric, etc) but 
in reality, its neither. Same for order. Order taken to an extreme; an 
unyielding, stiff order, is just as evil.