The second law of thermodynamics states that everything leads to randomness and disorder (entropy). But we humans like to put things in order. I remember growing up and living next to our neighbor Mr. Wilson. He was fastidious in his gardening. His grass was always green, and there was not a single weed on his premise. He always appeared happy when tending to his garden. To me gardening is like an endless task, going against the law of entropy. It is like King Sisyphus rolling his boulder up a steep hill. The massive stone would always roll back down, forcing him to start over again.
Mr. Wilson had passed away many decades ago, but his house still stands. It now stands dilapidated, surrounded by patches of yellow grass. The weeds and insects have infected the yard. Without human efforts, the law of entropy always appears to triumph.
But what is our purpose in utilizing so much energy in a system that always takes you back to the beginning? Trees grow, dust always accumulates, money disappears, grocery disappears, work never goes away, etc.…. It is a constant uphill battle against an unstable world.
How can humans seek joy? Imagine building a sand castle. We attain pleasure in building and admiring our masterpiece. But as evening approaches, the waves gradually wash away the remaining remnants of our sand castle. The joy comes from being able to freely use our bodies and minds.
In summary, life’s accomplishments are secondary. It is how we use our minds that are of primary importance. Have goals in your lives, but also remove greed, arrogance and self love from your thoughts as you fulfill your dreams. Be like Mr. Wilson and enjoy your lives.