My wife loves reading, and it’s a disappointment to me that with Kindle, we now have fewer opportunities to randomly discuss what it is she’s reading at any particular time. But last weekend, we did have such an opportunity over dinner at Headricks Lane. The general topic was entropy. It’s not a word I have ever used either in speech or in writing, but one which I now understand is critical for our times.
Entropy captures the idea that left to their natural state, things gradually decline into disorder. It’s a somewhat jarring idea to those of us who think to be organised is natural, and indeed, to the civilised West in general. Regardless of what we might think, it is obviously true.