“I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” – The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
The story of Sisyphus rings true.
Every day contains the same battle in different forms.
I used to dread work. Sometimes, I still do. But at the very least, I no longer fear entropy (the natural process where energy is lost to disorder in a closed system). People speak of entropy as evil. However, this is utter non-sense. This would be the equivalent of saying that when fuel is used in a car, the consumption of fuel is evil.
How can this be the enemy? The car obviously has to move!
The real enemy – and the reason that people fear entropy so much – is that they have to constantly re-exert energy.
See, Earth is actually a open system as the Sun constantly provides energy. In the same way, the human body is a open system. Even if energy is lost to natural processes like digestion, thinking, and homeostasis, you can add more energy by eating food. However, if you decide not to eat food every morning, then you will become a closed system and eventually die.
In short, these are your three options:
- Constantly work to build a powerful open system
- Work a bit to have a mediocre system
I’ll give you a second to decide.
Ideally, most people pick the first option. However, once they are in the thick of life, they decided that exerting energy in inconvenient, so they decided on the second option. This is how you have old people who spend their entire lives smoking, watching TV, and being generally boring (by their own standards).
Let’s get one thing clear. Even if we are intelligent, we are apes. This means that we are bound to our physical environment. In fact, our prized mental thoughts are literal physical neurons.
We should not cry at our ape form. We should rejoice over our primitiveness!
“Once, when Nadir was told that there was no war in paradise, he was reported to have asked: How can there be any delights there?” – Nader Shah (Ruler of Persia 1700s)
Yes, everything will always take energy, but I am thrilled at the challenges that await me in life – even if the challenges involve incredible amounts of pain and sacrifice – for I am a Saipen!