ENTROPY AND THE MEANING OF PAIN

Entropy (2nd law of thermodynamics) is the decay of a system and chaos. It is a temporal, gravitational, evolutionarily conditioned change from complex to simple.

It means a change for the worse, into less order and complexity. There is a tendency to generalize by reducing the system’s branching and internal hierarchy to complete equalization with the lowest value (death)—the greater the order, the lower the entropy and vice versa. When a human is born, their orderliness increases, and with it, his adaptability, usefulness, and complexity. The higher the orderliness, the more useful the complexity is.

The amount of human energy that cannot be converted into work increases psychophysical disorder; it causes illness, pain, losing the will to live, even death. It is always present and has a constant influence. A person can control entropy and slow it down, but he cannot stop it. Slowing down can only be accomplished by using the conscious part of the mind, which knows how to and can, while learning and exploring, increase the system’s orderliness. However, due to the greatly changed way of life, learning has an increasingly smaller role. There is less and less time for research and imagination, without which research is not possible.

To prevent entropy from having too strong of a grip on us, we must strive towards maintaining our current or improve it. Personal hygiene, proper nutrition, change of outfit depending on the weather, completing your obligations to others, tidying up, all of this keeps us in order in our daily lives, and tidiness is good for our health and well-being. The body constantly responds to both our regularity and irregularity. If we try to be orderly, we can improve in many areas. Wisdom and experience improve the efficiency of our energy usage. However, as aging reduces the amount of energy produced and the ability to regenerate, the only way to maintain health and personal freedom is through constant learning. A man who never loses his curiosity gets sick less. The absence of illness means less pain and more joy in life.

The main consequence of reducing the importance of learning and the time we spend in life learning and research is to reduce the ability to lengthen muscles. This accelerates the reduction of the coordination of the shortening and lengthening of the muscles when they perform a certain movement. That way, it eventually leads to an increased disorder in movement, work, and with that, life. Entropy is increasingly affecting our well-being and abilities. We are first reminded of this by discomfort and resistance. If we do not regulate the condition, we feel pain more often, more strongly, and for a longer period of time. If we do not know the actual reason and the meaning of pain, then we try to defeat it, ignore it, or shut it off in many different ways. We also succeed in this in the short-term; that’s why we don’t even discover the problems with our approach to pain and the wrong logic that comes with it. We eventually get used to the pain, come to terms with it, create the conditions required for the manifestation of chronic pain and the muscle rigidity, and the overload of the connected tissue, joints and skeleton. Rigidity makes movement more difficult, lowers our enjoyment when moving, and lowers our quality of life.

From what we mentioned above, we can understand that the function of pain is essentially to alert us to the entropy and disorder that is inside and around us. Not understanding this function leads to the development of technology, medicine, and pharmacy, which relieves our pain; most of the time, we don’t even bother to find the right reason for them. The function of pain is similar to a dashboard warning light in a car. It warns us of the systematic disorder and diverts our attention towards solving the problem – or seeking a professional’s help. But while we understand the function of a warning light in a car, because we know that ignoring or thinking that the problem will go away on its leads to increasing problems and disorder with increasingly costly consequences, we often do not recognize the warnings that pain gives us. In the past, people had an entirely different attitude towards pain due to their different lifestyles because they knew that letting disorder increase will make their lives more difficult. In times without hospitals, pharmacies, pensions, and paid absences due to incapacity for work, orderliness, conscientiousness, and a respectful attitude toward one’s own body were necessary and not just desirable.

Our body is our temple that needs to be clean and regularly maintained. Otherwise, we show a bad attitude towards ourselves, and our well-being reflects it. Pain is a remarkable tool for timely warning and a warning against the even greater disorder that follows if a person does not take action. Quality life demands a certain amount of effort, determination, and learning. Exploring and researching things makes it easier and better for a person to organize themselves and their surroundings.