Or says my all time favorite cynic, Chuck Palahniuk. I'm sure he means this in the grimly dissatisfying sense that everything dies. Nothing lasts forever. Impermanence prevails over the abiding. That anything which is here and alive will eventually be dead and gone - certainly a comforting thought which awakens the feeling of hope and will to live in us all.. or not.
However, I am not wholly convinced that this idea has to be a negative one. Don't roll your eyes at me. For I am far from the silver lining girl - in fact, sometimes it feels like at best - my glass is half empty and at worst - shattered on the ground in pieces. But hear me out, let me exercise my positive thinking for a moment..
Its as if we have a propensity for negative thinking hard wired in our brains: its why time feels like its flying by when we have fun and interminably long and arduous when we are bored or depressed - because we feel as though happiness is fleeting and unhappiness is lasting. As if when we are up we are waiting for the inevitable decline. In essence, this feels realistic and true but in actuality, it is false and maybe even crazy. Sociologically, entropy is a metaphor for chaos - as internal randomness applied to human interaction both personally and communally.
Rudolph Clausius, the entropic pioneer, explains that all processes in a closed system have increasing entropy. As systems become more complex, a level of intricacy will be reached thrusting the system to work within the paradigm of unpredictability - chaos. When we view entropy as a measure of chaos, we can say that the probability of accessible states for any complex system is a measure of that system’s uncertainty.
Humans are probably the most complex web of systems, processes, and states in existence. Setting aside our multi functioning, highly convoluted physical bodies - our sense of emotion, free will, ability for abstract thought, and memory. The psyche is open in the sense that information and energy can flow within and without it, yet closed to matter - the psyche cannot be affected by rain, etc.. Much to Christopher Nolan's disappointment, information cannot be extracted from the mind and matter cannot be physically implanted into the psyche.
Therefore, for the purposes of this blog post, we can ascertain that the human psyche is a closed system. Remember that Clausius taught us that closed systems have increasing entropy (chaos) and as systems increase in intricacy they increasingly react with chaos - so that, when left unchecked, the psyche can become engulfed in unpredictability - leading us to wholeheartedly and sometimes debilitatingly believe that happiness is temporary and only a cruel catalyst for unhappiness.
But if you can decrease the complexity, then the entropic chaos will decrease as well. Simplification and minimalism - within the mind, heart, work, home, relationships - promotes a decline in entropic energy leading to normal healthy functioning. Living systems maintain avaricious structure by dissipating entropy before it has a chance to build up.
Carl Jung wrote that the psyche is governed by entropy and equivalence. Meaning that energy disappearing from one faction of the psyche must reappear somewhere else (like matter being unable to be destroyed or created). I take this to mean that a mental simplification (and decline in entropy energy) must be channeled into something else - energy has to be used, even metaphorical energy: running, doing, acting, reading, conversation, laughing - these are ways to release the mental energy before it builds into chaos.
I have just one other faction to my Chuck P. quote, which I don't feel like reducing because I am hungry and bored of writing now but, I'm going to lay it out there and you can do with it as you choose:
If on a long enough timeline the survival rate of everything drops to zero, how long before the past, memories, forgotten yardsticks, etc.. cease to be a cognitive faction of the everyday. How long does it take personal history to be rendered obsolete? How long before precedence is dead? Before hindsight goes blind?