Chaos is a Ladder (or) How to Profit in Turbulent Times >>


AIRED: 08-13-2017

The masons have a saying, ordo ab chao
some interpenetrate as finding order in chaos,
others say using chaos to create order.

I’m gonna give my bit, relate it back to all the craziness going on, and tie it into a business lesson.


“The Grand Inquisitor” is a poem in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov (1879–1880)

Jesus comes back during the inquisition, is jailed and sentenced to burning. His jailor tells him that the church has left him and now follows satan, that people cannot be free, and that satan keeps them in line til they die.

Tells that jesus should have been a dictator, rather than a chain breaker. That people can’t be trusted with freedom. So the church will now rule, rather than set people free.

This is also the position of Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan. social contract theory, war of all against all is man’s natural state.

Rebecca Solnit paradise built in hell, shows how people come together in disasters to help each other out.

For every instance of rioting and looting, there’s an instance of communities coming together.

Why Hobbes was wrong, freedom doesn’t bring the war of all against all, government does. Government gains power from conflict, thus encourages it. Government gives people a legal way to oppress each other, which leads to more conflict. All the identity politics of late.

Game of thrones, little finger quote, chaos is a ladder. When people are fighting, and most are struggling to stay alive, smart ones can climb the ladder.

Order out of chaos. Most people want stability, when times are hectic, they’ll submit to anybody who promises tranquility. The more chaotic, the more authoritarian leadership they will submit to. The more uncertain people are, the more likely they are to hand over the responsibility of choice.

So position yourself as a strong, bold, decisive leader, and people will flock to you in times of turbulence.

How does this all tie into business?

The marketplace is always chaos. People are looking for leaders who take a stand. People who clearly explain their “why” reason for being, values, and what they stand against.

People might engage with your stupid questions on facebook, but it won’t position you as a leader.

When the market is chaotic, be bold, be certain, plant your flag and don’t just go whichever way the wind is blowing. That type of confidence is magnetic, and people will rally behind you, and your business.

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