This missive is an abstract from an earlier article explaining the correlation between human excellence and nature’s entropy. I call out the phenomenon of entropy here, separately, to be used as a frequent reference point we must begin to comprehend and abide by to adapt to nature’s truth.
A Star Is Born
The universe including our “home”, the pale blue dot we refer to as Planet Earth, circling one of billions of stars, is constantly evolving subject to nature’s entropy. Entropy is a process induced by the Big Bang explosion 13.72 billion years ago, long before particles coagulated and gravitated to form Planet Earth some 4.5 billion years ago.
Entropy in simple terms, is best compared to the bursting of fireworks in the sky. Manmade fireworks are launched into the sky, and explode, with the streaks of diverging particles lighting up in beautiful colors and gradually dying out as they fall back to earth.
That, in a nutshell, and in slow-motion, is how our universe, with 400 billion galaxies, each with 100 billion stars like our sun, some surrounded by planets like earth, has and will continue to evolve.
The ultimate dimming of the fireworks particles, like one star dying every second in our observable universe, represents the entropy to which all stars and planets, including ours, are subjugated. Said dimming, thankfully for us, happening in relative slow-motion, giving planet earth an estimated 3.5 billion years until its “lights” are fully dimmed.
Adapt Or Perish
This process of entropy, renowned scientist Richard Feynman referred to as the conversion from an organized state into an unorganized state and in that direction only, subjects our planet and everything on it to an irreversible reduction of available energy to which all species must adapt.
Entropy lays down the cornerstone of our evolutionary excellence and completely refutes the false promise of sustainability. Sustainability cannot exist in a universe subject to entropy. For one cannot achieve sustained growth amidst a decline of available energy. Humanity must align itself not with the manmade make-believe of sustainability, but with the ethos of nature determining only the strength of renewal can improve adaptability.