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Saturday, October 11, 2008

US National Debt - Entropy in the 21st century

(image: news.bbc.co.uk)
Ridiculous? Incredible? Mind-boggling? Flabbergasting? Indecent? There is probably no single word to help convey all that the obese(!) US national debt figures will eventually mean to humans alive now and to several future generations.
So the counter ran out of digits, did it?
Where did it all go? We should surely be able to see where -
- in glass fronted sky-high edifices? - And among the debris in Afghanistan and Iraq
- in over-obese consumers' frames? - And in the hollow eyes and malnourished, bloated underbellies of the world's poor children
- in vulgar luxury infrastructure? - And in dried-up, empty farm lands
- in over-stuffed homes? - And in laid-bare forests
- in gleaming and overflowing supermarkets? - And in grotesque landfills and toxic oceanfills
Entropy - even as the word occurred in the mind, I felt that this term fills in where other words fail. In the field of thermodynamics, Entropy is "a measure of the partial loss of the ability of a system to perform work due to the effects of irreversibility", to cite just one of many definitions.
It is likely that implications of the US national debt will be explained as a kind of entropy.
Apparently it is - I'm not surprised at this - See Entropy: A new World view The authors "seek to analyse the world's economic and social structures by using the second law of thermodynamics, that is, the law of entropy. The authors argue that humanity is wasting resources at an increasing rate, and that will lead to the destruction of our civilization, which has happened before on a smaller scale for past empires. The book promotes the use of sustainable energy sources and slow resource consumption as the solution to delay the inevitable: death by entropy".

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11 Comments:

Blogger Rinkly Rimes said...

Thank you for visiting my Blog. I feel my writing is very 'light' compared to your statements. We're all going through the same thing at the moment. I think there might be some hope for mankind in that fact.
Maybe 'Greed is Good' wont be heard any more.

11 October, 2008  
Blogger Kat said...

This lady Ayn Rand - when she wrote "Atlas Shrugged" missed
threading the story with one character as - YOU..!!!!

11 October, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Brenda, I'm honoured that you visited. All I can say is - One goes through thought phases that vary from 'very light' to 'perhaps grave'.
Let me take the opportunity to offer a lighter side! Would like you to visit One for the bride, Smart parents Smarter kids
Smile A While

12 October, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Kat!
Shh!
(Thanks, that gave me a glow - which I let stay on for a few minutes)

12 October, 2008  
Blogger Inner Vision said...

Nice write up and well presented. It was nice to be back on your blog again. Thanks

12 October, 2008  
Blogger kallu said...

Swarna, great that we still have people who get angry over world wide issues. And the US:-(( !! The banks seem to be getting their billions without any responsibility whatsoever for the havoc they've caused.

12 October, 2008  
Blogger Kannamma said...

Words fail as one reads gloomier news hour after hour. It is sad that this "entropy"(or whatever u might call) affects both the greedy and the needy.

12 October, 2008  
Blogger Happy Kitten said...

Swarna, thanks for visiting my blog..

have been a silent admirer of your blog...

12 October, 2008  
Blogger RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Righteous anger directed to the right quarters. Well expressed.

13 October, 2008  
Blogger Salil said...

Entropy, it shall be..
I guess certain corrections were long overdue.
Well written. Keep them coming.
Cheers,

15 October, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Inner Vision - Shiv, Thanks

Kallu, did I sound very angry? Let me call it 'saddened indignation'.

HK, Thanks. I invite you to break silence once in a while!

Raji,
Isn't it amazing how a handful of persons can continue with their ways with the world watching nearly helplessly?

Salil
Now we get to hear many say - 'I saw it coming', 'I ought to have seen it coming'...

16 October, 2008  

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