Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88

I had to think about Ann-Christine’s challenge of ‘chaos’ for a while. First instinct is to somehow symbolize the chaotic time of today. First order of the day then was to look up what the exact definition of chaos is. There were 4 alternative meanings mentioned in the Lexicon dictionary. Of which I found only the first ‘actionable’ so to speak: ‘Complete disorder and confusion.‘ The photo on top of this page I think symbolizes that. And so does the one below.

Chaotic junk • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88
Chaotic junk • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88

These 2 photos have in common that they give us the impression that the chaos could, with some effort and inspired thinking, well be ‘restored’ to a phase of order. As, in my view, a lot of the chaos we’re facing in our lives can be restored, or changed if you will, into a phase that resembles the ‘normalcy’, order in which we can thrive as a person, as a couple and as a (global) society. ‘All it takes is everybody taking a little, and in turn giving a little more back’ my son wrote, with the naivety so characteristic of a 15 year old, as the concluding sentence in a high-school essay years ago.
Which, if you think about for a moment, is what all the greats like Gandhi had been saying all along (albeit with other words).

What lacks however is the will to do so. Just kicking in the proverbial open door.

Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88
Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88

Chaos camouflaged as order

There is however another danger lurking in the chaos around us. When it presents itself as seemingly straightforward issues, cases etc., but if you try and find the source of things it gets to be mucky, chaotic and often impossible .

Seemingly orderly • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88
Seemingly orderly • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88
Seemingly orderly • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88
Seemingly orderly 2 • Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88

These two photos are symbolic of that. The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 and the ensuing farce over who is ultimately responsible are a prime example of this.

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13 thoughts on “Chaos • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #88

  1. Thought provoking, Tiong. The last three images also feel a bit scary – your thoughts well illustrated. Nature is only seemingly chaotic, it is us, humans, who are the real chaos and danger. That is what I remember from younger days, and from your example of the young – they have the will. I hope they will get the power in time.

  2. I think your son has wisdom beyond his years! And your pictures depict the challenge this week beautifully. Thanks for following Oh, the Places We See. I can’t wait for all of our social distancing to end – I want to travel soooo much.

  3. Very powerful images and words, Tiong. I love the wisdom of your son: ‘All it takes is everybody taking a little, and in turn giving a little more back,” What wise words from someone so young.

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