Posted by Ward Fredericks on March 17, 2004
In Reply to: Chaos from order posted by ESC on March 17, 2004
: : : Can someone give me the word for a person or quality that can create chaos from order
: : : Thanks
: : : John
: : anarchist, disruptor, tornado, bomb-thrower, wrecking ball, vandal, barbarian, whirlwind.
: How about:
: APPLE OF DISCORD - This expression comes from Greek mythology. "This story begins at the wedding of the hero Peleus and the water-nymph Thetis, parents of the famous Achilles. All the gods are invited to the party, saving one: Eris, goddess of discord - an understandable omission. Eris, didn't see it that way and resolved to get revenge." She stole one of Hera's golden apples and inscribed it "Property of the Fairest" and tossed it onto a banquet table "where it was squabbled over by every goddess on hand." From "Brush Up on Your Classics!" By Michael Macrone (Gramercy Books, New York, 1999). Page 178.
In thermodynamics there is a word, entropy, which identifies the inevitable and steady deterioration of a closed system. The theory is that it take a steady input of energy to a system to keep it orderly, and without that energy input the tendency is to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity.
Anyone who has raised children and given them their own room can attest to the truth of this theory.