Written by Jonas Guigonnat and Sybrand Veeger
“The canals are quiet, the streets are almost empty.
Nothing disturbs the water, not even its own chaotic movement.
It’s one of those late winter nights that the city offers as a pause to tortured souls.
The stream whispers that things and lives are meaningful, that fearing death is meaningless.
How soothing are the whispers, the illusions of stability and of meaning!
Yet a volcanic Chaos boils underneath the calm, impenetrable surface,
It boils laughing at us, underneath this surface-screen through which we see the world,
It boils in deep laughter!
We might as well take more drugs now,
The effect is ultimately as fictitious as the freedom to choose not to…”
“Wait! Don’t forget that we can think!
Say that order, meaning, coherence
Are just the layers of a screen that we can’t penetrate –
Say that freedom, causality, science, beauty are but figments on this screen
Merely illusions –
Say that All is really Chaos!
Aren’t we part of All?
Aren’t we laughing too through our thinking?
Ha! This makes sense! We’re Chaos laughing at itself!”
“The stature of the houses accentuates the holograms of order and balance!
Great, intricate, ancient structures of…. nothing but stone and wood –
Products of human history, of a mighty and wealthy past – of a Golden Age!
…produced by blood, fish, tulips, crosses, and crowns:
Merely coincidences, pure randomness…
And we trust in the stability of their construction,
And we indulge in the fake progressive sequence of their production,
Mythological fabrications of nothing but stuff?
Acknowledging the unceasing chaos – isn’t this too much for us to bear?”
“Yes! All will always be too much!
Because the flow of the stream is the flow in us,
Because the shaking water particle mirrors our spirit in flux.
How vital, how life-affirming,
How profoundly calming is the necessary randomness of the world,
What are time, progress, history, if what’s real is
The purity of Chaos –
If only there was more!
And that we sense it, that we can sing it with our thinking:
We are but the world singing to itself!”
“Enter me cabalistic cannabis!
Mend my fractured mind with fumes of clairvoyance and mystique!”
“And now that you’ve given me what I’ve wished for,
I’m rid of illusions – of false and destructive conclusions.
I see how disgusting we are,
Surrounded by impenetrable screens that project unreal meaning,
Unreal order, unreal time, unreal history, unreal truth, unreal contact:
Ticking, scrolling, tapping away – how thoughtless and banal!
Are we bound to this self-made nutshell and
Pointless dot in the vastness of Chaos?”
“Yes! Bounded in this very nutshell,
We can crown ourselves kings of infinite space!
For we participate in vastness,
For we too, like the world, are ever changing!
No order, no system, no symmetry, no history, no rationality:
What more can you wish for?
Now nothing holds us back from affirming Chaos!”