True power of perseverance
I was thinking about the power of perseverance today. Probably not in the common sense of the concept. Things like beating our limitations, climbing unclimbable mountains or surviving alien invasions. Rather I was thinking about perseverance in the sense of physics, specifically the concept of entropy. Entropy is the property of any system to gradually decline into disorder. In our current understanding of the universe, everything is tending toward ultimate disorder. Everything is winding down. Whether that proves to be true will take longer then I will be around to find out.
What does seem true is that things do have a habit of unwinding when we don’t tend to them. Rooms get dusty. Metals rust. Food rots. Friendships fade. Opportunities cool. It sounds depressing and it really isn’t. I think it’s actually the single greatest argument in favour of perseverance is what happens if you don’t do it.
Without perseverance, you fail your chance to continue to put order, structure and meaning back into your own life. Life doesn’t reward doing nothing. By doing nothing, even if we haven’t made the situation worse with a mistake or foolish choice, our lives may still be slowly unravelling around us. At least that is what physics seems to tell us.