The Heavens Declare His Handiwork

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Thomas Lee Abshier, ND

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Physics has created a concept called Entropy, which is in essence a measure of the amount of disorder present in a system.  Entropy plays such a fundamental role in the engineering calculations of thermodynamics and power conversion that we could easily assume that it is a fundamental force.  But, at the outset of our examination of the physical universe and the rules governing it, we need to make it clear that entropy is a secondary concept, a derivative concept that functions as a shorthand parameter that reflects numerous chaotic particulate collisions and unseen processes.  The concept of entropy is useful not only in thermodynamic calculations, but also as a life paradigm.  Therefore we shall examine some of the macro-traits of entropy.

The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics declares that the universe as a whole is following a path of ever-increasing entropic rise.  This would imply on its surface that everything in the universe is getting more disordered.  But clearly, our efforts to build a house have created order out of disorder.  Thus, in general we can state that intentional and intelligent application of energy to specific locations can produce a local pocket of order.  But still, the overall effect of building the house is to create more disorder/entropy in the universe than order/negative-entropy.

Thus, man can create pockets of orderliness where entropy reverses.  But, order comes only at the expense of an overall disorder.  Again, the 2nd law of Thermodynamics allows for processes that will result in a no-change in the total entropy (disorder) of the universe, or an increase in entropy in the universe (an increase in the sum of all disorder).  And, creating pockets of order does not violate the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, it merely warns us that all the order we create in the universe will create disorder elsewhere.  

On a practical level, when we burn gasoline to propel cars, we create organized motion.  But, that combustion produces more heat (random particle motion) and disorganization than the order it creates.  As a result, we must include and embrace cleanup as an integral part of our life process.  Every action produces a forceful impact with the objects of life, and extremely small, medium, or large debris will result from our actions, and they will disperse throughout our environment.  

The source of all energy on earth is thermonuclear, 1) as the creation of heavy elements such as uranium by previous star life cycles, or 2) the generation of photons for photosynthesis or other energy conversion methods.  We do not need to worry about having sufficient energy to create the order we need in life.  Rather, we must insure that the debris we create as the result of our use of energy does not poison us with the waste products.

This caveat about the use of energy applies to every level of the human experience, regardless of the level of subtlety of that effort.  For example we use energy as we write and print books, build bridges, establish new personal habits, and organize minds for group action.  Every single action is a type of ordering of the particles of life (even if it was a careless motion without intended purpose).  Every action will produce a corresponding disordering effect on the universe.  The best we can hope for is an “isentropic” process, one where the overall randomness stays the same.  But, such processes require infinite amounts of time, and are actually only theoretical.  But, we can be guided by the concept and note that when we do things slowly, carefully, and purposefully, that we will create a minimum amount of disorder in our surrounding space.  Therefore think and plan before action and attempt to avoid unnecessary contact with the physical universe, things break just a little bit every time you touch something.

In short, the concept of entropy isn’t a metaphysical concept, or a fundamental force.  It is simply a concept that says the universe disperses particles and energy with every motion.  Therefore, we must ground ourselves in the reality of the fact that energetic expenditure will produce waste and disorder.  As a result, cleanup and is a fundamental responsibility associated with every action.  Embracing the facts of life, the realities of the structures of the universe, makes it easier for us to be at peace with the experience of life.  We need not consider ourselves victims when things break.  Eventually everything will turn to dust, our job is to continue to apply energy intelligently to our corner of the universe and create order.  This is the fundamental process of life, the job that God has given us to do, to create order from the gradually decaying physical universe.  As the Creator, He has made entropy the fundamental enemy that we should fight in life.  

In the Theory, we hypothesize that every process, object, life-form, and concept has a type of spiritual/soul associated with the aggregation of conscious particles.  Thus, if this is true, then the spirit of entropy would be one of the potent archetypal forces that operate in the human arena.  Entropy essentially corresponds to death, destruction, and disorder.  And, as servants of God, as extensions of His hands, we work each day in His field, following the leading of His Holy Spirit to create a Godly order.  We have all heard that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”; and this familiar maxim is true in the sense that God desires our participation in creating order in His world.  He has created a platform for life where the continual dispersal of order leaves a space open for the next day’s service.  It is on this platform that we push against our own internal desires for sloth and dissipation in pursuit of personal pleasure.  Development of Godly character is the ultimate end, and the reward we take into eternity for our enthusiastic participation in shaping our souls in the ways of Godly service.