“I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I exist” says Rene Descartes. “I work, then I exist” says Patiño. Is Patiño challenging Descartes, copying him or just being absurd? None of them, as she believes what he said applies so well to his time, and what she says applies so well to the present time. She is not copying him as the meaning of this sentence is dramatically different from the original one, and she is not being absurd as this sentence has science backing it up. The main similarity between them is the fact that both intend to use these phrases for demonstrating the most epistemological principle, that science and mathematics are justified by relying on clarity, distinctiveness and self evidence.
In this new times, when knowledge is already available to most everyone, and thinking is not a privilege of a caste, one could say that thinking and existing are taken almost “for granted”. We know this is not true completely, and there is a need to be aware that to exist we also must think. But the point here is to understand the paraphrasing Patiño does from Descartes: “I work, then I exist”, so let us focus on this sentence for the sake of this article.
Energy is regularly defined as the ability to produce work or transfer heat. Energy is very important and closely related to the first and second laws of thermodynamics. The first law is the one you will surely remember from school: “Energy cannot be created neither destroyed, it is only transformed”, while the second law is a bit more complicated, as it introduces the concept of entropy, which is associated with the incapacity of producing work. When the energy input equals the energy output, it is said that the system has reached balance. Balance in this case means entropy is winning territory and the living organism ceases to work properly.
Nature works 24/7. It needs to use all the energy available in the environment. If work stops then entropy takes over, and the system could die. Can you imagine what would happen if nature stopped working? Everything would begin dying, because when there is no energy being spent, it is logical that the living organism is not needed anymore. Energy and work are closely related. The human body is a system that works with energy input through food, and people need to work to stay alive, because nature works to stay alive.
Remember that these two laws of thermodynamics are not in discussion, they exist, period. If we choose not to see this truth, then we may make some wrong decisions. For instance, if we become obese, this means we are storing too much energy in the form of fat. Due to the laws of thermodynamics, this energy being kept in storage causes entropy, and entropy could finally kill you if you don´t start moving to get rid of the unnecessarily stored energy.
Nature also strives towards order. For example, if you throw a pile of bricks into the air, they will come to the soil in disorder. To make a wall with them, to put them in order, you need to work with them, using your energy. This means that if you are lazy and don´t work, logically disorder will prevail. Same thing happens in nature. If you see the way a baby is created, millions of spermatozoids struggle to reach the ovum, searching to create order in that disorder. Each cell will also grow in uniform ways, orderly. This is nature working to avoid disorder, to avoid entropy, to stay alive. Staying alive is the main purpose of nature. For this, it needs to create order. To create order it needs to work. To work it needs energy, and to have energy it needs to transform matter into energy. Interesting. Amazing how nature never stops working. It can´t. Human beings can stop working when they decide not to work though. Then it is self evident: "I work, then I exist", although all living organisms will die at the end to begin a new cycle of life and while alive, it will keep working to avoid entropy.
How do humans make a decision that could cause high levels of entropy in their bodies? Or to put it another way, how do they make decisions that lead them to die? According to what has been said above, disorder can cause the death of the system, of any system, remember that a leaf is a system, an insect is a system and, you are also a system. All these systems need to avoid entropy to stay alive. You need to avoid entropy to stay alive. You need to work.
What is different from the system called human being and the system called insect? That the first can decide when to stop working, while the other can´t. This is really just one more of the differences, but it is the most important in relation to this article. An insect does not get paid to do its job. For instance, if we would have to pay for the service that bees do for the planet and especially for human kind, all banks would go in bankruptcy and governments would need to create some other type of money. We are the only living organisms that get paid to work!
Human beings make the decision to stop working. I am not talking about working on a paid job only, because as I stated before, work is more related to energy and life than it is to money. This idea is not really what everyone expects to hear when it comes to fight against unemployment, so I don´t expect it to be massively popular right now; but I need to begin spreading this new vision about work. It is more necessary than you can see right now. It needs a network to become popular, and this is my network, my community, the reason why I am being listened to in the world. It goes beyond fashion. It is a social construction that needs to be changed. It is as strong as democracy, as it cannot be stopped anymore.
Why do people consciously stop working? There are mainly two reasons. One is because of their political beliefs. This means that they are left wingers who believe they are working too much, thus creating money for someone else, i.e. their boss, and who are very careful with their labor. They would rather be independent workers and many of them end up asking for money in the streets. Anything to avoid building capital for their bosses. They usually are not illiterate, but have been lenient in their education as a whole. They believe governments must provide for them when they don´t have money and they like to live in communities that share expenses, as they otherwise would not be capable of paying their bills. Does this description meet the conduct of some of your friends?
Right wingers can also stop working because of their political beliefs. They think that they need to “make” others work while they enjoy life. They are abusers who usually make a lot of money, many times using illegal schemes, so they stop working because they think work is only for the people who need the money. Does this description meet the conduct of some of your friends?
The second reason why people stop working is mental. It is depression. Persons who stop working because they are depressed, can even hold jobs that don´t lead them anywhere. They don´t know that they are fostering entropy, therefore death, with this action.
In my ideal world people will realize that work doesn´t have anything to do with politics or depression. Every person will make a conscious attempt to work, in all and every way possible, from morning to evening, just like nature and its creatures do, and thus he or she will avoid entropy. In my ideal world she will not let depression overcome her mind and will. She will consciously work using her energy to transform disorder into order. She will realize that she is the most important person in her life, and that every cell in her body is striving to stay alive.
To me, it is utterly important that she realizes that nature is working for her, not against her. She needs to recognize when a partner in life is not being helpful on her everyday struggle, and she needs to acknowledge that she is the one that needs to work in her relationships to put them in order, which is truly important to stay alive. Order is achieved only through work, and to make the effort necessary for the work you need energy. So, if you watch what goes into your mouth, choose healthy food, avoid sugary and fatty food and exercise a lot, you will have enough energy to put order in every aspect of your life.
Does it sound logical to you? I want to know if the idea of working to strive for staying alive, using your energy to create order, putting your political ideas and your depression aside from your own personal achievements and focusing in creating your own wealth through sincere, consciously programmed work, would also become your ideal world, one in where doing the work is more important than only working for the money it renders to you.
The answer to the question “but what do I do when I am so poor, I don´t have money for anything”, will become clear to you when you are too busy working, trying to achieve order in every aspect of your life. Do you not think so? Science, nature and your own instinct will prove me right or wrong, but only after you try it out and start working. Comments welcome.