Discordia

The Specter of Eris

Eris (from inscription). Tondo of an Attic black-figure kylix. (Credit:  Museum (I.Gesk) © Berlin Antikensammlung / Wikimedia Commons)

Eris (from inscription). Tondo of an Attic black-figure kylix. (Credit: Museum (I.Gesk) © Berlin Antikensammlung / Wikimedia Commons)

What comes after empire, corporate capitalism, and the war state—the world we presently know?

Chaos?

Chaos is the dark, primordial realm of Eris, Greek goddess of witchcraft, disease, death, and disorder. Eris personified strife and rivalry and was closely associated with war. Her Roman name was Discordia. Mortals invoked her for evil purposes.

Eris symbolized the mystifying realm of ghosts and nightmares, the terrifying menace of the unknown. Her very conception in Greek mythology might suggest our strong preference, even today, to live with the known problems of a badly flawed order rather than undertake the risk of change. (more…)