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Disconnect – the first stage of Entropy

20 Feb

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Disconnect – the first stage of Entropy

L. Stewart Marsden

Imagine a huge wagon wheel suspended from the ceiling, though not from a single supporting line, but from several lines, evenly spaced around its circumference. The lines are fastened to a single hub at ceiling level. Everything about the construct is symmetrical.

Imagine one by one the support lines begin to haphazardly disconnect over long periods of time. Weakened, the lines slowly unravel. Initially, the suspended wheel shakes slightly at the disconnection with the first line, but maintains its rotation, though a bit more wobbly. As more of the lines disconnect, the wheel becomes unwieldy, and its crash to the floor imminent.

That’s what I imagine is happening to our country and government. The supporting hub represents the ideal. The Constitution. The Declaration of Independence. The moral high road. Integrity. The pursuit of justice for all. Care and concern for the weak and downtrodden. The anti-bully. The believer of lost causes. The fan of the underdog. The optimist.

Every line of support to the wheel is tied to something to be reached for; such things as equality, non discrimination, freedom of religion, a government that serves its people at the local, state and federal levels, equal opportunity, freedom of expression, laws designed to protect and more. The lines have been more or less sturdy over the country’s nearly 250 years of existence. Some have grown stronger, some have been added, some are threadbare. Some are snapping and disconnecting.

Examples of disconnects that are disconcerting to me:

The Republican on the Democrat:
Democrats are out to destroy this nation and bring an end to God as the center of our democracy. They are out to spend this country into oblivion, and want to give away our great heritage to the lazy and the undeserving.

The Democrat on The Republican:
Republicans are only concerned about maintaining the status quos of money, power, and influence. Largely white, they are racists, and far-right judgmental Bible thumpers. They want more and more guns, and want to legislate women’s reproductive rights. They hate anyone who does not think, believe, or look like them.

Anti-NRA
The NRA is Satan personified, and interested only in promulgating an agenda of more and more guns and less and less gun control, which has resulted in schoolyards becoming the killing fields of America. Pro NRAers are largely Republican. They really don’t care about the blood spilt already due to the ease of buying a gun, or buying a semi-automatic weapon. Who needs a semi-automatic to kill a deer?

Pro-NRA
The NRA provides services that include safety instruction and education, the purchase and protection of wetlands, among others. Anyone who doesn’t like the NRA is an idiot, and doesn’t understand the whys and whats of the organization. Anti-NRAers want to take our guns away and destroy the 2nd Amendment rights we currently enjoy and revere. Once that happens, it’s only a matter of time before freedom of speech and freedom of religion are gone.

I could go on. These are, of course, extreme views represented. But when there is a disconnect and that line of support no longer exists, the extremists do seem to have the loudest voices and carry the most weight.

Largely, the disconnects I see (on social media, on news broadcasts, on talk shows, from DC and elsewhere) occur because “we” are no longer able to disagree, debate, compromise, and show unity despite our differences. It isn’t Russia’s fault the divides exist. We are dismantling ourselves, disconnected line by line. We want the fixes to occur in our state capitals, or in Washington. We are willing to abdicate our individual response abilities (not a typo) to people who largely seem to be interested only in self-preservation in office. And when you consider how well they fare in terms of their personal wealth, can you blame them?

Entropy is a physics’ law that, simply put, states things tend towards disorder. In terms of history and the rise and fall of nations and empires, it seems to be true. What goes up, must come down. Greece, Rome, the Ottoman Empire, Germany …

George Santayana (and a host of others as well) warned, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Are we in jeopardy of repeating the failures and falls of others? Have we already begun the descent? Is there anything you or I can do to repair the lines of disconnect, and right our wobbling nation?

I have my opinions. Part of those opinions is that we are all blameworthy and culpable for our current status. No one is innocent –– at least, no adult. As part of the problem, I have to look within myself and judge what I can/should do. Pointing a finger elsewhere only exacerbates the situation. How have I contributed to the mess? How can I stop doing that? What are the reasonable and logical alternatives at hand?

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

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Natures

28 Apr

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Natures

by L. Stewart Marsden

 

As I reread my poetry and glance over the stories I’ve written over the past three years or so, I am impressed that there is an unconscious acknowledgement of the natures of life. At least from my point of view.

I’m not the first, and won’t be the last to point this out.

Far better poets and scribers than I have lent both mind and pen to those natures.

But I’m beginning to understand, however minutely, of their consistencies.

As minute and hour and day and week and month and year succeed to the next, the constancy of nature is impressive. Cycles, sure and true, are the fleshing of perpetual motion before our normally unseeing eyes and senses.

Even the interruptive moments — those Acts of God — rain as consistent over the ages and eras and eons of time as the day in patterns we’ve come to count on.

Entropy.

As Webster’s defines it, is, in short, the tendency towards disorder. It is a trendy description of the universe as scientists observe it.

I give them their due. I’m not a scientist nor a mathematician in the slightest degree. One and one have always equalled two in my narrow mindedness.

Man.

An insertion into the natural order of creation. I’m thinking the entropic agent in the non-entropic order. The corruption of the consistent order. The disaster in the as-far-as-I-can-tell-didactic order and natures of things.

We seem capable of becoming seamless with the natures of things, but incapable of reaching that place.

We have (and I would insert a string of very negative verbs here, and you are welcomed to toss in your own) _________________ the environment, nature, as well as each other in our driven quests.

As Swift alluded, we are the Yahoos.

Those who study Man’s natures (gender inclusive) tch! tch! from their watchtowers, throwing out both meaningless castigations as well as threadbare lifelines.

Others, myopic and self-deceived, still hang on to unrealistic thoughts that if we just stretched out our hands to each other . . .

Life is created, life goes for a span of time, life ends. I know that by the minutes, hours, days, weeks and years I’ve experienced and observed life.

How I am a part of, or not a part of, the natures of life, I have either some or no inkling.

Scientists say that energy is constant. When I die, the energy of me will be absorbed into the cosmos.

I don’t know. That’s a bit too mathematic for me to comprehend.

Others, who say they have insight beyond this life, tell of other natures.

Again, I don’t’ know.

But I’ll keep watching the natures around me — nonhuman and human — and reflect on what I see.

My observations may be correct, or incorrect. They are only my perceptions of what I see as natures. They will, as will I, vanish in the mist of time.

I welcome you to observe with me.