Essays exploring the Chaos Map and ideas mapped within it.
An exploration of the less dramatic - but every bit as essential - second half of creative work: the part that feels the most like "work."
Creative work as the bridge between chaos and order. This essay we’ll explore the uphill part of “figuring it out.”
An ancient and more humane way of looking at what’s already “done.”
An exploration of the futility of attempting to put the future on a schedule along with an ancient anecdote to our modern view of time.
Charged words like “violence” and “racism” reveal a gap in our language. In this essay, we’ll explore ways to bridge a Grand Canyon-sized chasm between perspectives that few see and almost everyone stumbles into.
In this essay, we’ll explore a hazardous gap in our language that’s only grown wider with the increasing power of the disembodied written word.
In this essay, we climb a three rung ladder of conflict: from our ugly I.) Default Combat to the rare II.) Win-Win Sparring and finally to rarest, III.) Innovative Synthesis.
The hidden concepts in our mind – knowledge, systems, and ideologies – empower everything we live out in real world relationships. In this essay, we'll explore how to vertically evolve our hidden OS.
A dive below the surface to explore the mysterious, hidden conceptual world.
A guide to various types of relational order leading to the edge of chaos.
A futile attempt to describe the expressive, unstructured world of relational chaos.
An exploration of the social norms and power structures that order our relationships.
While much of our self-concept forms from mimetic connections with others, the most transformative connections come from connecting profound concepts to our relationship to ourselves.
Our identity and worldview are shaped more by others than ourselves.
How the strange and wonderful relational world generates human progress, art, and moves in harmony or war with its conceptual roots.
What survives and thrives when the old order collapses?
How order fails even in good times, why we need sacrificial leaders, and what makes order tyrannical.
When order suddenly moves to chaos, our social fabric and systems formed over generations strain and break. Worse, we lack reliable patterns to employ as we attempt to repair the wrecked order we know and love.
I use the Chaos Map as a mental surface to think about all kinds of things on. In this short essay, I'll share three ways I've found it most useful that I hope are helpful to you as well.
A 7-minute flyover of The Chaos Map that briefly covers each component. It's just enough for most people to start asking questions, but probably not enough to answer them.