Natural Processes are Irreversible – “Like Tears in Rain”

Most sentient beings would accept this statement depending upon what natural encompasses. This is why perpetual motion machines do not exist. It does not distinguish man made as natural. No man made process is fully reversible, a partial or apparent reversibility might exist. But time on the macroscopic scale cannot yet be wound back. One might draw a sword and then put it back in the scabbard, the undoing of drawing a sword. You as a person would have changed because you have had the experience of drawing the sword. The process of re-sheathing the sword looks like reversibility only it isn’t. The energetics are different.

People including scientists forget thermodynamics and forget the notion of irreversibility. Once you have done something you cannot undo it. Life is not like a text editing programme. Life does not have an undo button. People do stuff which they think they can subsequently get out of. They may be able to escape the societal consequences of trespass. Whatever way you look at it, if you wrong another being you have changed the entire world, if only a little globally but perhaps significantly locally.

You can’t un-break a leg, you can repair it.

You can’t put sperm back into a testicle once it has been deposited into a vagina.

Stuff ripples out. People who are selfish and self-centred do not see this because of their auto-proctological perspective.

Petty acts of deception and vengeance can have untold and far reaching consequences. They can become epicentres of karma, sometimes high on the Richter scale. A lie told can destroy lives. A truth hidden can require a lifetime of covering up. Problems not addressed in a timely manner can blow up out of all proportion. I have observed situations where lies lead to further lies and more intricate ones. People who believe they can blag their way out of anything can find themselves painting themselves into a corner or digging a hole. People can forget what they blagged and to whom. Student pastoral care offers a glimpse of escalating pork pies {lies} on occasion. Smart kids think they are smarter than old farts, maybe they are, maybe not.

This notion of irreversibility is a corner stone of impermanence.

If you attain both irreversibility and impermanence you are on the way.

Life is short, irreversible and impermanent. Therefore, how you use your allotted time is highly significant. There are only these fleeting moments of the eternal now. Whatever you do you cannot undo, your thoughts, words and actions ripple out into the wider whole. If you lie and scheme you add poison into the world. If you love and care, compassion.

I have met people who are venomous and vampiric. I have met fewer who are genuinely altruistic and compassionate.

Have you ever done something which has caused consequences to ripple out in a way that you never imagined?

Have you ever been able to reverse any act of yours?

If you avoid apparent societal consequences, have you gotten away with it in the eyes of the universe and on the scales of karma?

Can you really fully blag your way out?

How are you going to use your remaining fleeting moments of the eternal now?

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