Okay, by now we have Gnon and we know what it stands for.
But a worldview or religion has more than a concept of “Good”. it also has the concept of “Bad”. What would be considered bad in the Gnon worldview?
Back in part II, I concluded, among other things, that Gnon rewards order (ie. stable complexity), and therefore order is “Good”.
It’s easy to deduce then that “Chaos” is bad.
“Chaos” is the collective term for any force which transforms any entity or system to a form of lesser value, beauty or functionality. Chaos can appear naturally, or be created artificially.
Chaos can be the erosion of the main pillar of a building, leading to its crumbling.
Chaos can be a disruption of an ecosystem that leads to a reduction of the number of lives in it, or a simplification in their complexity (overabundance of predators, natural disasters, pollution…)
Chaos can be a disease like Cancer, which disrupts the order between a body’s cells and makes some of them go haywire, leading to the death of the whole being.
Chaos can be the destruction of the institutions of society that are necessary to maintain a complex civilization (Family, Marriage, Honor, the Rule of Law, etc), leading to collapse and lawless anarchy.
Now to the second part. Can I baptise the origin of “Chaos” just as I baptised Gnon?
After all, maybe Chaos is not a thing on its own, but instead the absence of a thing, such as cold being the absence of heat, or darkness being the absence of light. Maybe Chaos is simply the absence of Order, right?
I have my doubts. First of all, the whole universe seems to be in a tug-of-war between Gnon (Order) and Chaos. Chaos destroys things through erosion, entropy, etc… while Gnon creates life, which builds things.
If only Gnon was a thing, He would win by a landslide, don’t you think?
Another argument: “Maybe Chaos is simply what happens by default in nature when Gnon isn’t there to keep the pieces together.”
This is a possibility, but Gnon doesn’t seem to have a definite “range of action” with a center and a periphery like with heat and light.
Furthermore, some origins of chaos simply don’t make sense. Say for instance, people with self-destructive behavior. Who the hell is benefitting from it? Certainly not the individual in question, and sometimes the behavior is self-generated, excluding perverse influences from other people as an origin.
In the end, my theory is that chaos is generated by a “being” just like order is generated by the forces of Gnon. This being is in opposition to Gnon, as the Chaos it produces destroys His Creation, and Gnon retaliates by generating new life so it can restore Order.
So it’s basically the Devil. Nothing new, folks.
By the way, since as far as I know no one has named Gnon’s version of the Devil yet, I will come up with one in a few seconds.
How about Degench?
Degench stands for Degeneration, Entropy and Chaos.
Note: Even if Degench is independent and opposite to Gnon, Degench is not ontologically equal to Gnon. Because Degench cannot create; he can only corrupt and destroy what Gnon has created beforehand. This is not a pure dualist worldview.