ACCIDENTAL ORDER is what I like to call the calendar of changes in time. Arriving at this point, I would like to direct your attention to my reasons for believing in the study of Effectology.
I respect all the theories and chief arguments of brilliant individuals, and I have no desire to challenge them. However, in their speculations they raise mysteries and questions for which there are no scientific answers. It seems to me that this proves that not everything was or is in perfect harmony in the universe, and that most of the things we understand about it are the results of a precise chain of accidents.
For too long, philosophers and scientists have underestimated the importance of accidents and their effects, treating them with a brisk dismissal. To them, anything that could not be subjected to analytical calculations was not important enough to be considered as a serious matter. To the academic world, the accident was too ephemeral to provide conclusive data, and produced enough disbelief so as not to lead to serious examination. No solid rules could be found in disruptive actions with anecdotal descriptions of accidents and unpredictable consequences. Falling off a horse or a falling star were not exactly philosophical subjects to be pursued further.
In overlooking the importance of accidents and their effects, the history of philosophy can be faulted based on two sound reasons. The first invokes the belief that all laws of motion are created and controlled by an undisputed universal power, therefore nothing is left to chance. The second reason is more approachable. Science has demonstrated that each movement in nature or a chemical reaction is based on a mathematical equilibrium of actions. Physics and other exact sciences passionately demonstrate that numerical rearrangements to the left and to the right of the equal sign must be always in balance. So far, accidents do not count for either discipline.
With a stroke of the pen, numbers became negotiating forces controlled by men who did not admit further arguments. With so much demonstrated perfection calculating earthly and celestial movements, accidents were classified as nonessential events. Because they occurred unintentionally, accidents were not a reliable factor of life. Yet, when irregular actions happen, their effects make the scientists rush to readjust their calculations and review their theories, or just scratch their heads in disbelief. An obvious element was missing from their calculations.
Nevertheless, powerful and immutable forces of nature, such as gravity and friction, remain consistent and easily demonstrated in mathematical terms. Their actions are different when accidents interfere, though. Moreover, those "perfect" forces produce their own accidents, which disturb the assumed mathematical uniformity and the establishment of thinking. Compelling and fascinating discoveries promptly follow them, announced with a noisy academic fanfare and media headlines.
Paradoxically, they all prove to be what I call "scientific gossiping," because they last little and proved unfounded news. Indeed, the more knowledge scientists achieve, the more they prove how little they know. What two hundred years ago was considered perfection of a scientific data, one hundred years later was tolerated as a speculation, and fifty years later was proved false. So much for the validity of the monolithic science.
Yet, no discoveries have gone beyond accidents, which are the basis for later effects to be studied as sound facts. There is no argument that science has provided precious insights into many mysteries of life, and it has ventured beyond the solar border to find out what else could create us. The problem is that the farther we venture away from Earth, the less control we have, and the more room there is for endless errors.
It is well known that inside and beyond our galaxy, an enormous number of things go wrong, as the universe is shaken by clashing solar systems and their planets. Because thousands of light years separate us from various parts of universe, what we observe now is not there anymore. Bluntly put, we arrive to an ultimate truth about the universe by studying something that is already gone.
Regardless of the paradox, scientists assure us that this is the way to understand the present and the future, even though each second new cosmic accidents happen at millions of years away. What our searching instruments see is the effects of the accidental order that offers us the past universe, much different from the original or the present one. I use the term "accidental order" because everything we are and we discover around us has to produce an "ultimate order" with finite results. Otherwise nothing would exist to make our life possible.
The ancient thinkers were intensely preoccupied with that ultimate order, and all believed that God was the providential designer and the principal mover in universe. They also agreed that there was a strong interdependence between the physical and mystical world, between body and soul, and between actions, reward and punishment. In brief, something beyond our understanding rules everything connected with physical and spiritual existence.
Descartes was fully aware of that idea when he considered the universe to be essentially irrational. His admirer, Spinoza, believed that we live in the middle of a perfectly rational universe, but with a non-debatable twist: "The essence of things produced by God does not involve existence." Therefore God "alone is a free cause" of all things in existence.
To all of these speculative ideas, I humbly add that what is the most important thing in universe and in our lives it is not detectable by us, because we have no way of acknowledging it. That "undetectable" missing link that may connect us with Divinity may belong to a different matter, which our instruments and minds cannot detect. Let me tackle this speculative subject of creation.
Because the Bible does not offer scientific facts about God's creation, religion never opens doors for speculative questions. Yet there are basic puzzling questions: Is our universe the only one that God attends? With millions of planets in our galaxy and billions of galaxies, how many universes exist? Maybe there is a cyclic universe formed by multi-evolutionary stages of multi-level universes?
If there is another universe, is there another God who made it and rules it? Did that God plant people like us on more planets than our Earth? Are we indeed the only children of God? If we are not, does God ignore us sometimes, when awful accidents take place on Earth? Is God perfect at moving things around and keeping all planets in place and good shape? It seems to me that God or an equally universal power must be the seed of cosmic activity from which everything came.
A simple glimpse at the sun through a protective telescope shows that giant explosions disturb its surface, affecting the entire solar system. On going eruptions of the stars, their clashes, and meteorites crashing all over, show not a perfect harmony of the stellar world, but non-stop accidental activity. Such supernatural activity can have only a supernatural explanation: the power of God, the star maker, to keep or initiate all accidents under supreme control.