Chaotic Principles or Robert’s Rules of Disorder

  • Chaotic Principle No. I: Divest yourself of expectations.
  • Chaotic Principle No. II: You will never be totally in control.
  • Chaotic Principle No. III: Be a fool, not a sadist. You should be able to take it as well as dish it out.
  • Chaotic Principle No. IV: Allow people the validity of their own emotions (humor is a very serious thing).
  • Chaotic Principle No. V: Solidarity is a necessity.
    • You’ll lose people over time. More committed people, more energy.
    • Nothing is ever over when you think it is.
  • Chaotic Principle No. VI: Play it out to the end.
    • Agree beforehand on the desired outcome.
  • Chaotic Principle No. VII: The more extreme the act, the more extreme and varied the response will be.
  • Chaotic Principle No. VIII: Humor is as relative as anything else.
  • Chaotic Principle No. IX: Fear is a state of mind. The fear / risk ratio is not proportional.
  • Chaotic Principle No. X: We have many things to risk besides our lives.
  • Chaotic Principle No. XI: We subconsciously believe we have experience things when we have only watched them. We have not.
  • Chaotic Principle No. XII: When we test the fantasies of ourselves, we fall short. So we do not.

See 1977 Evolution into Chaos: A Chronology by Gary Warne

Chesterton’s Fence

“In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.”

—”Taking a Fence Down.” The American Chesterton Society. Retrieved November 30, 2017.