This is one of the founding rules of Physics I learnt as part of my high school physics. It was not so much a foundation for my Physics knowledge as for my will to look for Philosophy in Physics. At the time I told myself, ‘I am a process in this universe, I exist. So I must definitely be increasing the randomness of the system. I am a favourable process. I must not contemplate suicide.’
Years later I apply the same idea to the events that lead upto to one of the most unexpected and catastrophic elections in the history of democracies. The US Elections 2016 saw the rise of a man to the post of President, who defied every foundational principles of the country of America.
Considering the immense outbreak against this decision despite the old man being elected with a clear majority, made me inquisitive about the nature of the process that led to his election. Did the process increase the entropy of the system we lived in? Did randomness increase? One might think immediately it did . After all it was creating a lot of chaos. But there is a difference between disordered chaos and randomness, randomness has a key word associated to it – freedom. Freedom, of the particles of the cutlery to break away, of the heated liquid particles to vapourise. These process could not be reverted in their processes according to the Second Law.
But from what I was hearing about the general temperament, people were actually consoling each other to fight for their freedom even more now. There was a clear discrepancy. So I had a deeper thought.
I began to contemplate the nature of freedom for the country of United States. The story of this great nation unfolding before me in bits and pieces. When the ambitious White men of Europe set out to Conquer the whole world, they stumbled upon many distant and drastically different cultures. They had more sun, less ice, more brown earth, less white ice, more flowing rivers, less frozen lakes, more windows for sun, less fire places for heat.
This was a process where randomness increased and so did freedom. Men separated by geographical distances and having built their own separate lifesetyles in their geographies were being forced to meet new geographies and lifestyles. While earlier they lived in their lands self congratulating and oblivious to any foreign cultures, competition of another race, culture, lifestyle, geography had dawned upon them. This was definitely a process that increased entropy.
It absolutely seems to be a spontaneous mixture in retrospect. The modern men of Europe came with dreams of a modern world. They were invited in with open hands and hearts. They may have extended a hand of business but they intended a world domination, to convert the rest of their brothers into themselves or help them to come closer to their own way of life. Little did they know that what essentially was happening was a silent conspiracy of the world itself, to bring these long lost brothers together.
For they were brothers, separated a long time back, like separately placed leaves on a huge tree. Some nearer to the trunk protected from the sun, some at the crown burning in its heat. The new lands may have taken toll on their appearances but they were all leaves of the same tree. The sun may have turned some black, the ice may have turned some white, the desert may have turned others brown – but they were part of their adaptive capacities.
They had incredible stories to share of their journeys and the reason behind their changed appearances, eating habits, wheel types, food and things that did not change at all like their women. It would take them a while to be able to do that because they had forgotten each other now and looked distinctly different now. But they would come around it soon, the black the white the brown – all return to this grand reunion and share their high school stories. And America was going to be the venue, the Reunion Farm House – away from the rest of the city, the school, the houses and parents.
Men would go back to being kids and recognise each other despite not meeting for so long. They would listen to stories and connect the dots in their heads to the dots before them. The chmabers of hot and cold airs would be connected is and there would now be only warm air now. Just according to the Law.
But these recent elections were like police on the raid, parents pulling leashes on these kids having a Reunion Celebration after centuries. It is standie doing at the gate and asking each one to return to where they came from and forget all about the reunion. It is like asking the mix of hot and cold air to unmix itself because it was the Right thing to do, for the welfare of the Farmhouse and all the kids in there.
Little do they know about the Second Law and how it takes External Energy to carry out process that defy the law. How they would need to exert special forces (Cognitive biases, external heat of violence or simply physical enforcement) in order to Unmix this mixture and to keep it un-mixed Forever. Especially since the Mix would always mix itself again and again. Especially since these men and women have now looked into each others eyes as a long lost brother, an equal, tasted their souls, made music, build computers, danced to rhythm with each other. It would be a whole lot of effort to keep them apart for very long.
Unless ofcourse the fears of old scientists does come true and they can create, what they called, the Maxwell’s Demon. This little beast who would stand at the door of the two chambers of hot and cold air – policed different ones into different chambers without any external heat or energy from the outside. A hypothetical creature that could actually break the Second Law of Thermodynamics had probably come to life and we may have witnessed a breeakthrough in Physics on the day of US Elections 2016.