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I've been reading a tome on the natural history of California. I just finished reading a portion about the laws of thermodynamics. It's the second law of thermodynamics that's blowing me away.

Energy can be converted from one form to another, but transformations are never completely efficient.

Disorder (entropy) tends to occur during energy transformations; therefore to create order or put things in a precise arrangement, requires more energy than can be reclaimed later.

I'm thinking this law must also apply to spiritual matters. Like God can pour his grace into us all the live-long day, but we can only convert 1% of this grace into anything fruitful.

Perhaps this explains why, after years of spiritual struggle, all that came from me was a pea-sized grape that quickly withered and fell to the ground where ants fed upon it until they were drunk with joy. A handful of drunk ants. This is my spiritual contribution to the universe. Christ was crucified for a handful of drunk ants.

F*@k. Hopefully I can use the law of thermodynamics as a justifiable excuse on Judgment Day.

I'm at least going to use it as an excuse to not clean the house today.

Forgive me.


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Feb. 6th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Hoots. That's another one of my contributions to the universe. Thanks for reminding me.
Feb. 7th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
mind if i borrow your excuse? sweet. thanks.
Feb. 7th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
It's not an excuse. It's the LAW! ;)
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Feb. 7th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
My mind really wants to resist going too deeply into the awareness of choas in the universe because, well, the whole idea of God's Providence. It's just...too....freakin'...huge and paradoxical...brain...will...explode.
Feb. 7th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
Ha, well played.
Feb. 7th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
So that explains why my mind is so messy.
Feb. 7th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
Yeppers. It also explains why my hair gets frizzy.
Feb. 7th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
No, I think that is because you keep sticking the coat hanger in the light socket.
Feb. 7th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
There are drunk cockroaches too
I don't think God has mismanaged poorly here. I just think more happens than we get to see.
Feb. 7th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
Re: There are drunk cockroaches too
No, I'm not implying that God has mismanaged anything.

But, the law of thermodynamics is responsible for the fact that only 1% of the solar energy that falls on a green plant is converted to food and only 10% of that energy is incorporated into the animal that eats it. There is a lot of energy lost in this conversion. Not God's "fault" but perhaps a result of "the fall."

And if this happens in the natural world, perhaps it also happens in the spiritual world--God's grace being his uncreated energies and us being leaky vessels of that grace.
Feb. 7th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
Re: There are drunk cockroaches too
P.S. But, yeah, there's a lot more going on than meets the eye. Hopefully something great and soul-saving is brewing.
Feb. 7th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC)
I relate more to Newton's Third Law: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."

If I approach a female at a certain velocity, she repels at that same velocity. To safe face, I hack it up to the laws of physics; though it probably has more to do with nature's cruel play: natural selection.
Feb. 7th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)

Newton's Third Law makes me want to go back to bed. Why should I go to work today if Newton's third law dicates that if I go to work today my car will require an expensive repair, the cost of which is equal to the money I will earn by going to work today?
Feb. 7th, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)

I have another friend on my list who goes by creactivity, and I got your names mixed up. what's so amazing is you guys think so much alike, I really thought this was her!!! I came inches from responding as if this were her post, but then realized I didn't know one person on your list of commentors.

1% of His grace is a lot, yanno.
Feb. 7th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
I dunno, all an all, laws of thermodynamics are hard to compare to vague concepts like "god's grace." I find god to be an ad-hoc hypothesis; where different concepts are brought about to explain away the holes in other concepts. But you know that I am a staunch atheist and find nothing consoling or great about the postulation of god to begin with, so I am never on the hunt to find a way that he may exist and not be accountable for the disorderly nature of the world.
Feb. 13th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
House cleaning
I'm spiritual, but not religious, which brings me to focus more on excuses to not clean the house. I tend to not need excuses - I just don't clean. When I moved in with my now husband I stated out loud that I didn't vacuum. That pretty much still holds today, 21 years later. It feels like dirty houses get in the way of me doing my real life's work, but when they get clean, I still lack focus to get my stuff done. Where do I find the energy to go in the right direction?
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: House cleaning
I don't know what the question is, but Green Tea is the answer. ;)
Feb. 14th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
The laws of thermodynamics are beyond my understanding I have just sorta figured out Newtons universe. Actually there is some rather heavy stuff running through this post and the responses thereto. To some of you seekers I might recommend a relatively new book by a Ursala Goodenough, "The Sacred Depth of Nature". Some answers there and of course more questions.
Feb. 15th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
Okay, thanks.
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