While I am writing this, my body is aging. It is losing its capability to regenerate. Someone’s tea is getting cooler, someone’s fighting with his wife, some businesses are failing, some are suffering from deadly viruses, and rest are trying to avoid it. All of humanity is suffering in some way or another, moving towards disorder and on the verge of collapse.
Entropy is sort of nature’s taxPeter Atkins
Entropy is the measure of disorder in a system. It is the energy that is not available for doing useful work. Being an isolated system with finite energy, everything in the universe verges into the whirlpool of the disorder. A vortex that sucks everything in sight. Unchecked and untuned, it turns to chaos.
Going forward in time, the net entropy(degree of disorder) of an isolated or closed system will always increase or at least stay constant.Second law of Thermodynamics
Everything that exists in the universe is disintegrating and will vanish with time. You, me, and all the other tats will follow the course. All these subtle processes in nature are irreversible which means they cannot be brought back to the initial state without injecting external effort. This brings a change in the universe. The disorder gives an arrow to time. Without it, the sequence of events would be indifferent. And our concept of time wouldn’t exist.
The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction into time.Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
But why talk about entropy when we already have thousands of problems in our lives? Why add the burden of one more? How is it relevant to us?
The analogy of entropy can be applied to everyday life through disorder. From individual to universal scales, everything falls apart including relationships, possessions, civilizations, gods, and all in between. A life that starts with a single cell accumulates matter and intellect to become a behemoth like us. In a universe, where everything is designated towards chaos, the search for virtue becomes meaningless. People spend their entire lives searching for the way out of disorder. We refrain from the mischief, cruelty, fears, and the pleasure of all we are, and yet cannot escape it.
All of us suffer from a conflict between our desires. Contradictions arise and distort our perceptions from thinking clearly. We fail to see the reality due to this distortion. There is rarely anyone who doesn’t suffer from the duality of one’s thoughts. Looking closely, the morality of society of what order is, in itself is completely disordered. Modern society considers it completely respectable to become competitive, envious, greedy, and powerful.
The information age has brought so much data at our fingertips. Processing this data is time-consuming and demanding. So our brain tricks us into choosing the easiest path by jumping to conclusions given by others. We choose the least moral values from the pool of highly immoral ones leaving us at the mercy of someone else’s disorder.
What is Order? How do we obtain it? How do we get rid of all this chaos?
Order is not a habit nor a routine. We suffer from disorder when we are awake. The brain demands order. As soon as we go to sleep, the brain brings order in itself because it cannot live in disorder. If it doesn’t, it becomes more and more contempt. There is no security in disorder. The disorder leads to various forms of neurotic(someone who shows signs of mental disturbance but does not indicate complete psychosis) states. But nowadays we have accepted disorder as a way of life.
What prevents us from seeing all this? The everlasting fragmentation of human beings from themselves is highly insecure. Greater interest in one fragment of life will bring disorder in another aspect of life. Wanting to be a good businessman might screw your inner well being. Wanting to be a good husband might deteriorate your relationship with others. The danger/the mischief. But how can a disordered brain do something to solve disorder? At the mercy of another person’s disorder, we go. We begin to seek solace in other forms and higher powers.
Religions and all other human unifiers were created to reduce the effects of disorder. They prevented societies from going into complete chaos. Their goal was to stabilize the system by implying certain frameworks. But as we evolved over millenniums, we began to question, the basis of the frameworks themselves. The idealism of one framework did not appeal to everyone. A Hindu will never find solace in Christianity, that doesn’t mean one’s perception is false.
All these are triggered by Habit, custom, tradition and environment. We are being conditioned through all these triggers.
To see something without prejudice, opinions, likes and dislikes require greater awareness of oneself.
The environment is created by us, by our greed, ambition, brutality. Until we become aware of what we are, we cannot change radically. The real revolution will have to come in totality not in fragments of life. Then there will be a possibility of peace.
As tempting as the halo of disorder seems, and however naturally it presents itself, all it takes to minimize it, in one’s life, is to realize one’s true nature. Observation free from prejudice would suffice in this process of self-realization towards the path of divinity.