As a Discordian, I would argue that the very distinction between order and chaos is by definition subjective and mostly arbitrary :
The Aneristic Principle is that of apparent order; the Eristic
Principle is that of apparent disorder. Both order and disorder are
man made concepts and are artificial divisions of pure chaos, which is
a level deeper than is the level of distinction making.
With our concept-making apparatus called “the brain” we look at
reality through the ideas-about-reality which our cultures give us.
The ideas-about-reality are mistakenly labeled “reality” and
unenlightened people are forever perplexed by the fact that other
people, especially other cultures, see “reality” differently.
It is only the ideas-about-reality which differ. Real (capital-T) True
reality is a level deeper than is the level of concept. We look at the
world through windows on which have been drawn grids (concepts).
Different philosophies use different grids. A culture is a group of
people with rather similar grids. Through a window we view chaos, and
relate it to the points on our grid, and thereby understand it. The
order is in the grid. That is the Aneristic Principle.
Western philosophy is traditionally concerned with contrasting one
grid with another grid, and amending grids in hopes of finding a
perfect one that will account for all reality and will, hence, (say
unenlightened westerners) be true. This is illusory; it is what we
Erisians call the Aneristic Illusion. Some grids can be more useful
than others, some more beautiful than others, some more pleasant than
others, etc., but none can be more True than any other.
Disorder is simply unrelated information viewed through some
particular grid. But, like “relation”, no-relation is a concept. Male,
like female, is an idea about sex. To say that male-ness is “absence
of female-ness”, or vice versa, is a matter of definition and
metaphysically arbitrary. The artificial concept of no-relation is the
The belief that “order is true” and disorder is false or somehow
wrong, is the Aneristic Illusion. To say the same of disorder, is the
Eristic Illusion. The point is that (little-t) truth is a matter of
definition relative to the grid one is using at the moment, and that
(capital-T) Truth, metaphysical reality, is irrelevant to grids
entirely. Pick a grid, and through it some chaos appears ordered and
some appears disordered. Pick another grid, and the same chaos will
appear differently ordered and disordered.
Reality is the original Rorschach. Verily! So much for all that.