Amidst all of the challenges of these days, I offer you a lighthearted look at how to better understand ourselves and others: the Grand Unified Muppet Theory. Thanks to Broad Streeter Will Heywood for introducing me to what author Dahlia Lithwick describes as…
a little-known, poorly understood philosophy that holds that every living human can be classified according to one simple metric: Every one of us is either a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet…
This is a very intriguing theory! Every one of us is either a Chaos Muppet (Cookie Monster, Ernie, Grover, Gonzo, Animal) or an Order Muppet (Bert, Scooter, Sam the Eagle, Kermit the Frog). Chaos Muppets are out-of-control, emotional, volatile, and like to shake things up and always keep things interesting. Order Muppets tend to be neurotic, highly regimented, averse to surprises. They sometimes resent the responsibility of the world weighing on their shoulders, but they secretly revel in the knowledge that they keep the show running. Neither is better than the other. In fact, the world needs both. A healthy family needs both. Organizations need both.
So, which are you? If you aren’t sure, ask someone who knows you well. Or just take a look at your spice drawer.
The world needs both. Think how much Bert needs Ernie and how much Ernie needs Bert. The Chaos Muppets help the Order Muppets focus on the present and appreciate what is actually happening in their lives. Chaos Muppets challenge the status quo and introduce new ideas into our lives and into the world. Order Muppets help families and institutions live out deeply held values in real, tangible ways. Jesus is a Chaos Muppet. Paul is an Order Muppet.
As we enter more deeply into this challenging winter, reach out to your opposites. We need them to keep us healthy and whole.
Are you a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet? What do you appreciate most about the other?
-Written by Amy Miracle
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