Chaos: A Bedtime Story
Chaos reigned for a million years, until the universe, tired of its ADD ruler, decided to bring about change. No longer would the stars and planets bounce around the infinite space, colliding like two raging headbangers in a mosh pit, the universe thought. No longer would planets weave in lazy lines, dropping rings and forgetting to pick them up again.
Assignments would be made. Groups would be formed. In each cluster, there was going to be a central figure who pulled the others together and kept them all in line. A back-up coup was plotted by the universe’s strategic members, just in case others rebelled at the idea of change and rose to fight. But to the universe’s amazement, no one objected to its proposal for new order. When the time came to give everyone a family and home, some stars and planets even volunteered to be overseers in the individual realms.
“Galaxies,” the universe voted to call the novice clusters. And those who revolted against the new order would be banished forever in black holes. There were a few unruly groups who were sucked into holes faster than you could say “the speed of light,” but most of the galaxies were eager to devise and sustain new ways of balance. Some struggled to find a system where all members were satisfied with their roles and responsibilities.
Within one galaxy, a reluctant leader had been assigned. The smallest of the planets, he felt weak and unqualified to lead those stately figures more robust than he. His insecurities blocked him from seeing a way to arrange his peers, who grew impatient,, restless, and annoyed with his failed attempt to create structure in their new confined space. The came dangerously close to unrest and would have faced a fate entrapped within a black hole, if it had not been for the quietest star stepping forward and offering to take the small planet’s place. Though it spoke few words, it was far from dumb. This star opted to be an observer, a thinker, and reserved its voice for the moments when what it had to say would matter. Idle chatter would have prevented it from watching the other stars and planets, studying their strengths, and scrutinizing their weaknesses. Now, feeling fully informed, it was confident enough to come forward and propose a solution to satisfy everyone’s needs and ensure their longevity.
The smallest planet happily obliged and stepped back for the quiet star to outline its plan. Though there were a few who doubted its ability to lead the group toward a successful future, this quiet star surprised everyone, including the universe, by instituting an arrangement in which the planets’ individual roles actually contributed to keeping everyone in line. And from their collective structure, working together to maintain their whole, a rare side effect occurred, where on one of the planets, new organisms were formed, emulating a similar order as their greater home.