Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Opening paragraphs................

      It's taken me 60 years, but I had an epiphany recently:  Everything, without exception, requires additional energy and order to maintain itself.  I knew this in the abstract as the famous second law of thermodynamics, which states that everything is falling apart slowly.  This realization is not just the lament of a person getting older.  Long ago I learned that even the most inanimate things we know of - stone, iron columns, copper pipes, gravel roads, a piece of paper - won't last very long without attention and fixing and the loan of additional order.  Existence, it seems, is chiefly maintenance.

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