Is there one thing we, as humans, can never overcome? My dad would often say: “It’s impossible to stop rust; we can only slow it down.” As a farm boy, I found evidence of his saying’s truthfulness all around me. It seemed to me, that no matter what we did, eventually all metal would “rust away.” This same idea also seemed to apply to non-metal objects. On the farm, I observed, on a regular basis, that all things would eventually rot, deteriorate, and/or “break-down.”
“All things will pass.“ “The only thing that doesn’t change is change itself.” “Nothing remains that’s not maintained.” The preceding quotes are all statements that I have used in the past. They, in a way, are similar to my dad’s statement about rust. All of these statements, in one form or another, have to do with entropy. Entropy is a law of physics which asserts that all systems left unattended will eventually decay or “run-down.”
I think the concept of entropy applies to individuals and relationships. If I don’t maintain my body, it will breakdown. If I don’t maintain my marriage, it will breakdown. In fact, I’m finding it extremely difficult to find anything in my reality that entropy isn’t an integral part. What won’t breakdown if we don’t maintain it?
It appears, on the surface, that we can’t defeat entropy. At least, we can’t defeat it as a physical force. Having stated that, we should be able to rise to an expectation and realization that is untouched by entropy. You see, unless new energy is supplied, entropy will “win.” So, if we want to continue to enjoy good lives, we must maintain them and pump new energy into them.
We are surrounded by creation and destruction. They constantly perform before us. I suppose this is one interpretation of Shakespeare’s statement of, “the world is a stage….” In a way, I believe our thinking is immune to decay (entropy). Even though we are constantly making cells and losing cells, the intelligence our bodies use to make cells is always there. In other words, the knowledge of how to make a cell is passed on from one generation of cell to another. Wow, we have just left the world of entropy! :-)
It’s encouraging to think that we have, at least, some control over entropy. Of course, I’m talking about having control at the level of thinking. In fact, it’s there that we are able to change the things that are affected by entropy. Take, for example, trying to keep a healthy body. When we use our minds to rationalize how exercise and good eating habits help us keep healthy bodies, we find it much easier to overcome laziness and taste cravings that encourage entropy (an out-of-shape body).
Perhaps, this ability to rise above creation and destruction, gives us a way to break this “duality.”
We don’t need to think in an either/or manner. We have more choices for life than creation or destruction. At least, we have one more choice – thinking! With our minds helping us maintain the elements in our lives which are affected by entropy, we have a way out of the world of entropy. Creation is the beginning of destruction (entropy), and thinking can help slow, or even reverse, the destruction.
How can we escape the world of entropy? The same way the knowledge of how to make a cell is passed on from one generation of cell to another – intelligence. And, how do we increase our intelligence? I’m thinking about it! ;-)
So, if you have entered the world through the door of entropy, feel free to leave through the door of your mind.