Monday, June 05, 2006

Back to Einstein

Back in the 1930's Einstein wanted to mathematically prove limits and boundaries to the universe. He was on a roll. Everything else up to that point pretty much resolved for him and he truly was the new mind, the person of the century. No matter that the century wasn't even half over.

Anyways, his quest for limits was unsuccessful and he knew it. Another good sign of an intellegent man. Stop when you're ahead. In the crap-shoot he was in there was no getting out unscathed. Say something stupid and the world'll be down your throat. Get out and do it quick.

So he started again, recognizing the imminent entropy in a closed system. See, in a closed system the first thing and the last thing are identical. The first thing to go is the energy that it takes to propel the system. As the system decays and declines and finally crashes, energy is the last thing. No more oomph. No getting to the next square. There's nothing to get you there. There's also nowhere to go.

A closed system is death, eventually. No change, no movement, no life.

So, I guess, the question is what does this possibly have to do with the rest of life? It's not all physics, is it?

Well, it probably is. Physical science, the study of things moving and why they move is the stuff of human basics. Right now, back to entropy.

I guess when we look at life and it's progression and regression we can't help but compare it to the physical world. There are those that would pursue an isolationist attitude towards the world, especially now in the neo-terrorist world we live in. There's no head burying and certainly no isolation allowed, at least not for long. In the world of the rugged individual we are stuck with each other more than ever before.

When I hear the clap-trap about illegal immigration and the idea comes up to build a wall along the southern border of the United States, I have to gag and giggle at the same time. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that illegal immigration isn't a problem. It's just that when people get that wild hair and want to erect something on the scale of the Great Wall of China rather than deal with human issues on a human level, things get weird.

Cut off the world. Retreat into your borders. Make the problem go away rather than deal with it creatively and humanely. Out of sight, eh? Yeah, right. Given the solidity of the entropy model (is that an oxymoron?), at the point of isolation begins the breakdown of energy and, eventually, the total breakdown and decay of society.

It's happened before and will happen again, but we Americans sometimes think that physical law doesn't apply to us because we're special. But how can we ignore or avoid the real things that happen around us? We can avoid or at least temper the crash if we pay attention and start thinking like we're real people instead of some wunderkind that the rules don't apply to.

Here, everyone is entitled to their opinion. A good thing, I guess. But the problem is that opinions and thoughts aren't equal. Maybe our rights make us somehow equal, but why should my opinion rate as high on something as that of the expert in the field?

Because I'm entitled, dammit. Can't nobody tell me I'm wrong, even if it's glaringly obvious. Prove it wrong and it don't matter. Wanna fight about it?

Garage Band. Try it.
Leo, lighten up is the heat gettin' to you.
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