Entropy by Any Other Name

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I’m a philosopher not a physicist, but I believe that I have a minuscule understanding of physics. Based on the two or three brain cells that have grasped the concept, here’s my interpretation of entropy.

In this universe, physics tells us that everything devolves into chaos unless effort (energy) is added. In other words, while an abandoned house falls down and is overtaken by vegetation, a house that has regular maintenance will not. Maybe this isn’t the most exotic explanation, but it provides the basics.

“If you don’t expend effort to take care of something, it will decay,” or as Firesign Theatre presented as Fudd’s First Law of Opposition–“If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.”

So, given that everything will eventually fall apart, why do your politicians expend so much time, effort , and energy on promoting chaos? Are they impatient and want to see utter ruin faster, are they ignorant of what they are doing, or is it something else?

And people for several thousand years have called me crazy?

John Stuart Mill Explains

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Some have noticed that I use the byline of “think vs feel.” I’ve tried to incorporate this attitude and philosophy into my writings. However, as the father of cynicism, I expect some readers to be, well, cynical. So, to plead my case, I am invoking the lessons of another, much more recent philosopher,  John Stuart Mill.

For an excellent article on this by Yukta Sinha, please click here.

 

A Simple Test

As the founder of philosophical cynicism, you might naturally expect me to attack any viewpoint with which I do not agree.

You’d be right, of course.

Today your Senate votes on the question of impeachment. I’ve heard arguments, delivered with a straight face that strained the truth well beyond its specifications. I guess people who are seeking re-election or being paid enough . . . .

I propose there’s a simpler way to find the truth.

If you were in the military and deploying to Afghanistan for a year,  would you:

  • Hand your credit cards to Donald Trump for safekeeping?
  • Give Donald Trump all your passwords so he could handle your business while you were gone?
  • Ask Donald Trump to check visit your wife?

 

If you like my posts–great. If you hate them–forward to those people who drive you crazy.

 

Honesty

Honesty was once valued.

Abraham Lincoln was known as Honest Abe. While the story of young George Washington chopping down the cherry tree is not believed to be true, his admission of guilt because “I cannot tell a lie!” was demonstrative of the value of honesty.

Today, it would be appropriate to relegate Washington and Lincoln to the dustbin of history. Perhaps in their stead we could use Warren G. Harding as an inspiration.

Warren G. Harding by Margaret Lindsay Williams
Oil on canvas, 1923 
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

You, Me, and Them

Being that I live in a sewer and am known for my lack of hygiene, I don’t often get out to the movies and they won’t install cable for me. However, I have subscribed to Netflix, so I can see movies and television shows, although they’re what you used to call “reruns”.

As I watch the political goings on, I am struck by the mob mentality. Mob might be a bit strong, but I believe someone once called it group-think. The phenomenon is that members of a group tend to surrender their individuality in order to fit in. Instead of using critical thinking and logic, they go with the prevailing opinion of the group.

The reason I mentioned Netflix is because I can’t say it better than how it was explained in Men in Black:

J: People are smart.

K: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.

God and Trump

MIAMI — In his first public appearance since the strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran, President Trump rallied his evangelical Christian base of supporters on Friday, portraying himself as the restorer of faith in the public square and claiming that God is “on our side.” (MSN.com)

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I wonder:

  1. If God contacted Trump personally
  2. If Trump is dictating what he expects God to do
  3. If Trump made the announcement without God being consulted

No Place Like Home

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If you ever read about me you know that history claims that I lived in either a sewer or a large pot. Trust me, it was a sewer. If you live in a large pot, before too long, it becomes a sewer.

However, that was my choice. After all, I was a legitimate and, in fact, esteemed philosopher. I am credited with being a major force in developing the philosophical discipline known as cynicism. Me, being a cynic, suspect that you don’t believe that.

Observing events in your time, I must admit it adds great credence to the importance of the cynical philosophy. In fact, while every age needs a certain amount of healthy cynicism, your age will never be cynical enough.

But I digress.

I was thinking, after seeing political, social, and religious interactions over the past decade, how I am perfectly adapted to live in this time. If I had lived in your here and now, I would have readily eschewed my desire to find an honest man. It was a fool’s errand in my time, and today, um, well . . . .

Today, it is often not the person with a powerful title who has power; the power is frequently wielded by those who whisper in the leader’s ear–those once called the powers behind the throne.And, indeed, a throne it is.

If I lived in this day and age I could . . . .

No. Never mind.

I miss my sewer.