Defying Entropy

The expanded threshold of the present moment is when the past transitions to the future and where everything happens.  For humans, it’s when volition is used for decision-making and where intent emerges.  And for humanity’s salvation where we can get along with one another for a continuing evolution on this finite sphere called Mother Earth, all of us need to be as mindful as possible with our relationship with the present moment.  The making of selfish, unconsidered, and passive choices is placing too much stress on all life, each other, and the planet. A critical mass needs to make choices that value life’s values, and support decisions that align for a sustainable healthy environment. If not, more unnecessary pain, stress, and suffering will manifest for all life on Earth. And why it’s necessary for all of us to make the best choice possible in our present moment for ourselves, others, and the environment.

Entropy never lessens.  It is the process of an isolated system like a person, planet, or universe going from a more organized position to a less organized one.  A shattered glass doesn’t spontaneously recombine to its original form.  Entropy is the second law of thermodynamics and states that it increases over time.  So how can life exist on a planet, including you, the rest of humanity, and all the rich biodiversity with entropy’s odds stacked against it?  Two words, heat transfer.  Einstein taught us that energy can’t be created nor destroyed, but can be transferred through work.  And work happens when heat flows from a hot energetic source to a more inert colder one.  It never happens the other way around.  Cold is simply the absence of heat.

Life needs to consume energy to exist, and waste is the byproduct of the energy used.  Mother Earth for millennia has managed to balance this dance of consumption and elimination for life to flourish on the planet, including humans.  With humans being the dominant species on the planet and have the greatest impact on all life on Earth, how we consume and eliminate energy is the greatest threat to ourselves and all life.  The ecological implications from human activity are so significant that we’ve named our current geological time period the Anthropocene.  There are 7.6 billion humans on the planet and we consume a year’s worth of natural resources in seven months.  Economically, excessive greed has caused a majority of the countries in the world to become insolvent to debt. This has placed even more stress on the planet as sustainable practices are eschewed for immediate political expediency. We consume, eliminate, and spend more than we should for species self-preservation . Entropy is thriving in humanity.

No government, institution, or company are going to mitigate our consumption and waste problems, and bring them to sustainable levels.  It has to be a concerted effort by everyone.  The needs, wants, and desires from the sheer number of people on the planet are literary weighing on the world making it unbalanced.  Demographers say human population will peak at 9 billion in 2070 and start to decline thereafter, but with our penchant for energy consumption, letting go of harmful and unsustainable energy practices is a must.  The creation and retention of the status quo for power and profit in various markets that exploit resources for our energy needs has gotten humanity to this moment in its evolution.  But with so many people in undeveloped parts of the world needing basic necessities, and those in developed areas wanting more comfort, travel, and simply stuff, along with the progression of those countries transitioning from undeveloped to developed – the most sustainable energy practices need to be supported by all.

Over-fishing, deforestation, invasive species, and pollution are a few of the ecological impacts that threaten life and a healthy human existence. The pervasive pollution in the environment from synthetic materials like micro plastics are pressuring ecosystems and altering reproductive processes in species in unknowing ways, including humans. Disruption to aquatic habitat in our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams are causing algae blooms and allowing invasive non-indigenous species to take over our waters, making them less diverse. Oceans are becoming more acidic from the sequestering of carbon killing coral, and exacerbated by the clear cutting of trees that absorb it.  Habitat loss reduces biodiversity and stresses ecosystems in ways we can’t predict.  These are a few of the counter-productive self-inflicted ways humans are impacting all life on earth, including themselves. However, if everyone becomes a steward of the Earth, and more mindful of their relationship with their moment and its effects, especially the intent to lessen excessive greed, we give hope to our species and all life.

Another aspect of the second law of thermodynamics is thermal equilibrium.  An example of this is a glass of ice melting to room temperature.  The Earth is having difficulty balancing and restoring equilibrium to itself from all the human activity, and its stirring of so many different ecological fronts in such a short amount of time. But the Earth is resilient and life finds a way to survive, like the healing of the planet after the asteroid impact 65 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs.  A few species survived that celestial wound, but it was enough for life to proliferate to the rich diversity we see today.  Species come and go, and humanity’s time on earth is limited, but that shouldn’t keep us from doing the natural instinctive process of self-preservation. Let’s preserve our species and stop the self-infliction that might cause possible extinction. It takes all of us to do it, not just for our survival, but for our planet to be the most hospitable place for human existence. And this only happens if each of us in our personal present moment defy entropy and ChoiceUp in the decisions we make for ourselves, each other, and the planet.