Like all life on Earth, human life is fraught with life-threatening challenges. Many of those challenges originate in causes beyond human purview and control, forcing humanity to adapt or gradually succumb to its consequences.
The biggest and highest-order challenge not often talked about is nature’s entropy. A phenomenon described succinctly by Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman as the irreversible decline of available energy from the fallout of the Big Bang Explosion and the source of unrelenting change and finite existence of everything in our universe, our planet, and the evolution of humanity.
Compared to other major species, humanity is uniquely positioned to deal with the slow yet unrelenting slide of nature’s entropy. Thankfully, humans are equipped with extraordinary intelligence by which a pattern-seeking species can discover the rules of nature’s game plan, predict the future, and develop according to nature’s guiding principles.
And yet, humanity has done the opposite. More than one hundred years after Albert Einstein discovered (almost) everything in our universe to revolve around general relativity, humanity has yet to apply the theory of relativity to itself.
A grandiose missed opportunity, as, in Einstein’s words, the theory determines what can be discovered. For at least one hundred years, humanity has deployed foregone and unquestionable approaches of ballooning solipsism incompatible with nature’s gameplay, and it shows.
By rejecting to continually reinvent itself along with the constitutions of its own making, humanity has caused severe damage to itself and the environment it depends on for survival. Unchanged, the vector of human expansion will diverge even further from nature’s vector, resulting in the compounding detriment of an anthropogenic cascade and, eventually, self-induced human extinction.