Entropy

The Laws of Thermodynamics

We all learned the Laws of Thermodynamics in school. The first law simply states that energy in a closed system energy cannot be created or destroyed but simply changed from one form to another.  To put it in simpler terms the first law states that anything on its own has a limited amount of energy, the only way to increase the energy is from an outside source. For example, your car has energy in the form of gasoline, diesel or in more modern cases the batteries. Once the car is driven to a certain point it will run out of energy or power unless it is refueled or plugged into an outside source. The car in itself is unable to create any energy on its own just like we must eat for energy and plants use sunlight for energy.

The second law states that entropy or entropies exist which will also sap some energy in the process of the conversion of energy from one form to another. So whatever fuel was in the car when transformed into mechanical energy to make it move loses some of that potential energy in the process. We all learned these laws in school and for the majority of us we saw it as information to learn for an exam only to be forgotten. In the sense that we never thought about how it applies to our own daily lives much like the idea of meiosis. We learned about it in biology class and may even be able to explain what it is, but I’m sure that the average couple engaged in amorous activities will not have the idea of meiosis crossing their minds.

Entropy Definition

For any system regardless of how efficient it is it will eventually run out of energy unless more energy is put into it from and outside source. The idea that entropy, the march towards chaos and disorder exists is something that we don’t realize happens every single day in everything that we do. In any project or job that we undertake it will ultimately fall apart unless we give more energy into the project to keep things moving or even increasing. This not only applies to things like the car in the previous example, but to every single aspect of our lives. Whether it is a business pursuit or a relationship. Unless we input more time and energy into it, sooner or later it will run out of steam and stop. Just like a windup toy we can initially put energy into it and let it run, but if we want it to keep running sooner or later we’ll need to wind it up again.

Entropy in Our Lives

A musician can release a hit song and it may see its time of fame on the radio and record sales and streams, but unless there is more effort or energy input into the system the song like many others will simply disappear from the market. So the musician makes an effort to make a video, go on tour and advertise in order to promote the song and make more sales. They are actively inputting more energy into the system to keep it viable and fight against entropy. More energy is put into the song in order to keep it popular or to revive it. Only by continuing to promote the song will people continue to be interested in it.

This principal can be applied to every aspect of our lives from our careers, hobbies and skills to even our relationships with other people. We can all recognize that without putting in more effort that things in time will degrade because of entropy. In our relationships with others the more time, effort and energy we put into it the stronger the bonds becomes. Just like a chemical process between atoms and molecules where stronger bonds exist because of more energy the same exists with our relationships with others. If you want a better relationship simply input more energy into it and the bond will get stronger.

Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy.

Vaclav Havel

Initially when we form a relationship we tend to put more focus and energy into it. When we are interested in someone and start dating them we want to spend as much time with them as possible and do more things with them. The level of interest that we show one another creates  a stronger and stronger bond. Unfortunately in many cases once we feel comfortable in the relationship we tend to put less energy into it thinking that the bond will last, but just like any system sooner or later that energy will suffer from entropy and become weaker unless we refuel it. It is the idea of needing to rekindle the fire that made the relationship so strong to begin with. Unless we add more fuel to the fire eventually it will burn out. We need to refocus on our relationships in order to grow stronger bonds or eventually things will grind to a halt and chaos will ensue. So take the time and energy to renew those relationships that have been dying out and don’t let entropy bring chaos into your lives.

 

 

 

Originally posted 2016-12-19 00:03:24.

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