My little sister is a Chemistry teacher. She once showed me a video that she made to explain the principle of entropy to her high school students. As I remember it, entropy refers to a universal law (thermodynamics, I believe) that all matter will naturally settle into the state that requires the least amount of energy to maintain. One of the definitions of entropy on dictionary.com (just looked it up) is the "inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society."
Surprisingly, since viewing Laura's video many months ago, I've thought about entropy a lot. This principle of Chemistry seems to describe my life perfectly:
Exhibit A: Ryan and I deep cleaned our apartment yesterday; within several hours, the place looked like a disaster area again. Why is it so hard to keep our living space in order?
Exhibit B: On January 1, I made several lofty goals for 2010; on January 17, I'm already back to my disordered, disorganized, distraught self. Why is it so hard to be disciplined?
I am blaming entropy. It's not my fault....there's no use fighting it. It's a universal law.
What examples of entropy do you see in your daily life?