What you need to know about entropy


Things in life have a way of getting complicated, of going backwards, of breaking… no effort is necessary for a family relationship to deteriorate, for a marriage to turn cold, for a son to grow distant… for things to fall apart.

The so called Murphy’s Law (Murphy was an aerospace engineer) says, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” He affirmed this in 1949, when he noticed a bad connection of electrodes at his job. While there are several versions of this story, the fact is the following, “The things that can go wrong, will go wrong.”

Another word for this is entropy. Entropy is a technical word of thermodynamics that measures the level of disorder in a closed but changing system, when energy goes from a state of order to a state of disorder. It is the law of probabilities that things will deteriorate. To greater entropy, there is greater disorder and less energy to do a useful task. This idea of entropy has extended to other areas such as communications, economy, technology and even music. It means the state of disorder in the daily life due to the lack of effort of care and upkeep.

How is entropy lived in the daily life? Because the fact is that entropy always grows with time. Things in their natural state get disorganized and fall apart. The car gets worn. The garden overflows with weeds. The painted walls get dirty. Relationships wear out.

This means that, without effort, without a clear action, without a daily task, things tend to fall apart.

And to understand the reality of entropy in our lives, we can fight back to recover and maintain order, to keep and care for our belongings, to solve problems that appear, to care for the relationships that matter to us. Our marriage. Our children. Friends. We have to work hard on maintaining and improving our lives and circumstances. We must not leave things to their own randomness. We must put our energy and our will to stop those things that we value from falling apart. Let’s deliberately construct the kind of life we desire and want. Because the valuable things in our lives deserve our best attention.

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