In this COVID Age, entropy is especially on my mind. That and the deliciously bold derrière of author, philosopher, and feminist, Simone de Beauvoir.
Entropy is, put simply—if not simplistically—that quality of a system which exhibits increasing disorder and randomness, a decline into senile smoothness. It is the broken egg on the kitchen floor, never to be whole again. It is the spilled cup of coffee which will never rise from the floor, full and steaming. It is the running down of Everything. For us humans, it is aging.
Entropy is a fact of this universe (and any parallel ones), but knowing all that doesn’t ease my transition out of bed into the morning’s waking world. It seems to me that this decade of my life came sneaking across the threshold of my reality unbidden, unannounced and, until it was taking up residence in the house, unremarked. But that’s the way of things for humans, isn’t it? We flourish, follow our trajectory, and never give thought to our demise, let alone the long (if we are lucky) downhill slope which precedes it. […]