The example was a Cursive lyric:
“The abortive child of entropy
Careening for identity”
from The Storms of Early Summer: Semantics of Song [Remastered] by Cursive
But still, all these 20-year reissues get me thinking sometimes of how decades mash up more easily than they used to for me. The scale of time has gained perspective; I can wrap my head around 10 years pretty easily now. And, yet, at the same time, like I said at the beginning: life always seems to get more complicated.
So what can one do to rein in the entropy? The article I read by James Clear
has some practical insight & actionable advice:
- “It is likely you’ll face mismatch conditions in your life. At the very least, life will not be optimal […] It is far more likely that you are living in a mismatch condition than in a well-matched one.
- Knowing this, you must take it upon yourself to design your ideal lifestyle. You have to turn a mismatch condition into a well-matched one. Optimal lives are designed, not discovered.
- There is a related insight here: You should probably quit things faster than you do. There is always a risk that you will quit too early, but of all the possible things you could be exposed to and invested in, it is very unlikely that you are currently engaged in the best thing for you. Thus, if results are not coming easily, move on.
- It is nobody’s fault that life has problems. It is simply a law of probability. There are many disordered states and few ordered ones. Given the odds against us, what is remarkable is not that life has problems, but that we can solve them at all.”
As an eternal optimist, the concept of entropy doesn’t dissuade me from believing things will likely be solved and even end up awesome just often not like we had hoped. What do you think?
as always, thank you for reading,