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Decline doesn’t need help to happen fast

DECLINE DOESN’T NEED TO HAPPEN FAST

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.

There is a fight, a striving for life, but there is no order.

Unmaintained, buildings, roads, gardens, forests – like rusting iron – all gravitate back to their natural state. I tried in our discussion to explore the notion that our idea of order might be simply a special case, that there might be some underlying order in a rainforest for example. But if you think about it there patently is not. There is a fight, a striving for life, but there is no order. Survival matters, not order.

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Originally Published – Saturday, June 10, 2017
Rockhampton Morning Bulletinthemorningbulletin.com.au

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