Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Conservative riddle

If the good old days were so good, then why did they lead to the present day?

I have heard two explanations. One is, “they” did it. The other is, entropy did it.
          The trouble with “ ‘they’ did it” is that it shines a bad light on ‘us’; for surely ‘we’ were weak, or foolish, or wicked, to be defeated by ‘them’. Weakness, folly and wickedness are not good; so by that account, the good old days were not really that good.
          And as for entropy doing it; that makes sense, for entropy increases in all closed systems. Therefore, if entropy is not to accumulate, then your system must not be closed.

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