Entropy Never Sleeps…

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Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” – from “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats

Our Universe has a tendency toward disorder.

Yes, sure, it also has some pretty sweeping laws built into it that seem to apply themselves consistently across the board. In that sense there’s some Order to be found throughout. For example, gravity has stuff exerting an attractive pull on other stuff, while inertia works to keep bodies that are at rest, resting…that sort of thing. We do have some structure.

But within that structure, our reality seems to favor disorder. It’s far easier to tear something down than it is to build that thing up in the first place.

Think about the scenes of devastation that always follow in the wake of some force of nature or other. Photographs taken after the passing of, say, a tornado or an earthquake show scenes of horrific destruction, of once proud constructs cast into ruin. They show rubble.

They do not show us stretches of former trailer parks that are now suddenly dotted with pyramids and temples that were skillfully crafted into being by the gale-force winds and the careening landscape. Hurricanes and tsunamis don’t generate highways and shopping malls for us – they topple and crush them. This is in line with the default settings of our Universe. Again: there’s a tendency toward disorder.

Try this experiment… Get yourself a deck of cards. Carefully stand them up against each other until you’ve created a towering edifice of them, one that’s comprised of several levels and multiple wings. Next…dash the house of cards apart with your hand…

And you’ll be left with a seemingly random scattering of cards across your floor. The house of cards won’t reassemble itself into another house of cards, and it also won’t arrange itself into any other complicated construct. It will collapse into the card equivalent of rubble.

It takes time and energy to produce a serious house of cards…but that very same house of cards can be demolished in an instant with a sweep of your arm. This is because the Universe is set up to enable dismantling and demolition. It takes a lot of work to build things, but far, far less to destroy them.

And interestingly, this notion applies on the intangible plane, as well.

It’s a difficult proposition to build up an excellent reputation, for instance, or a relationship. This process can take years. Consider, though, how quickly someone’s reputation or any of their relationships can be ruined. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of a single moment: an ill-considered outburst, a telling knee-jerk reaction. The work of a lifetime can be turned into rubbish in an instant.

So the point here is to think about how easy it is to tear things down, versus how challenging it can be to build them up. It’s easier and “cooler” to cop a snarky attitude and to ridicule people and things than it is to sing their praises. It’s more romantic somehow to be dark and brooding than it is to be bright and peppy and positive. It’s apparently appealing to many people to approach the world from a place of exclusion and repression than it is to come at it from a stance of community and empowerment. Fear trumps faith so very often in our society, and hate eclipses love.

But that doesn’t mean that the bright, flower-power road isn’t worth traveling. In fact, maybe it’s more critical than ever that some of us commit to taking it. Being negative can be pretty easy…but the easy path is often the least rewarding one.

Praise something. Hug something. Love something. The Universe won’t make these things especially easy for you…but it will appreciate your efforts in those directions, and maybe you and those in your vicinity will, too…

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