Thursday, 18 August 2016
Water As Chaos
"...imagine a planet which is all water, churned by storms and not constrained by the ordinary laws of physics. At any point its surface can have any form, which won't even stay constant in time. Expand the two dimensions into three; make it four for the temporal axis, unless this requires more than one, as many philosophers believe; add the hyperspace in which paranatural forces act; put it under the rule of chaos and hatred: and you've got some analogy to the hell universe."
-Poul Anderson, Operation Chaos (New York, 1995), p. 256)
But, if Hell is that chaotic in that many dimensions, then maybe Matuchek should not see a planetary surface with stars and planets visible in the sky above?
John Milton continues the Biblical identification of water with chaos:
"In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth
"Rose out of Chaos...
"Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first
"Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread
"Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss
"And mad'st it pregnant..."
-John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I, lines 9-10; 19-22.
Christ calming a storm and walking on water exercises divine power over chaos. And the sea will be no more in the new creation. See here.