“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.


Jackie, great article.

I'll post a more technical answer in the Math Support Gals journal - so all are encourage to go there! ;-)

About the concept of "work", you made me consider how much of it is "structurally unpaid", and given as granted. Yet indispensable, just to stay alive!

I'm thinking, for example, to "just washing dishes", for example. If there is something hurting me physically, is a dish of dirty saucers and cutlery. Really, it's stronger than me. I can't just stay there, realizing they too are - a sort of Pauli Exclusion Principle? Then, I feel compelled to wash them. Either them, or me.

Not all people act the same, I see.

This example is close to a joke, but it's somehow extendable. Much work (and here I intend in general almost all "care work", for people or the environment) is given for granted, and then left unpaid. We can't stop doing it, however.

On the opposite side, I vividly bear in mind the image of huge disorders occurred during and after a soccer match. Twenty-two millionaires played their game in the field, with a multitude of supporters (all wiling to pay astronomical sums to be there) engaging in an elaborate choreography directed by someone. And from spot to spot, offending each others in words. Later, after the match end, the two "parties" met and as a result various people were seriously wound.

This is a form of "work", according to the government. So important to the nation, that soccer team have been allowed to defer their paying back of their massive debt to the tax authority (yes! they did!). To some, this is a convenient way to dam male rage (and no doubt, many of the people I've seen looked very angry, although I wasn't able to understand why>/em>.

In Italy, the soccer circus gives its stakeholders enormous wages, fame, TV coverage.

And overall, this activity does little more than generating a lot of entropy, in the most direct and immediate way.

Teaching, caring, attending the environment are considered women work, and "then" underpaid (if remunerated at all). Soccer, or leading banks to failure, or promising-and-retreating investments after water have been privatized, are highl prestigious, and paid a lot.

That's old feminist lamentation, I realize. Am not the first saying this (in fact, not even the millionth).

Besides, there is something exciting. What "remuneration" is? We are used to think of it in terms of "money", but imagine this way of conceiving things is very incomplete.

Maybe, "entropy reduction"? For me/you/all?

Do we need a more general economy?

"Economy"? Oikos means "home", then the whole planet, and possibly more.

Last: in addition of being able to stop working, we humans can also decide to "continue", as an act of love for us and others. Even when it seems no one cares!

It is just this way, that real world goes on. At least here, in Italy, with weak governments. The country still exists, and endures, "despite" actions...

A big hug, and hope to see more on this from you!

It's very, very interesting!


I needed to write soooo much! I am glad you liked it. I am eager to see your response in the Math Support Gals.

Everyone, go check it out, and the sister site also. It rocks.

Love, love, that words sounds interesting to me... will try something out with it, hehe.



PS Gotta go work at making lunch, otherwise my crew will starve :)

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America www.jap21.wordpress.com

And, a tasty expression of love, too!

A form of work!

But: what with its entropy? From the Crew' standpoint, it surely goes very down. In the meal's view, well, ahem ... But globally! A starved crew would have been much more entropic!

A hug to you all!

Soon (if the Neuron comes to me) I'll finish the comment in the MSG (a call-to-work, of course!)

And you're extremely right: both the group and the sister site rock!!!

(Soon, even a piece of mine about fashion, and maths/physics - not as serious as yours, but hope at least a bit provocative!).


After replenishing energy with a hearty meal, I wonder who else will drop by...

Sometimes I feel like we both are kind of boring, speaking of things that are so unheard of, but I am positive that this collective will wake up to the new century and its defiant realities.

I wish I could whispear in everyone´s ears... to tell them about how great this world will get to be when we renew our thinking...

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Thanks, Jackie. Great article. Thanks for sharing it. I am happy to see that you, too, have a foundation in Physics. It is a long favorite subject of mine as well.

Well done. K-lee 3709

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

I was to make a suggestion. Try to keep the posts short . You can break them into series or something. Reading online especailly gets tiresome.

"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"

In these lines if I have understood correctly "she needs to acknowledge that she is the one that needs to work in her relationships" is only half the story.

I have always found women holding themselves and other women responsible for everything say for example a failed marriage or a dispute between a couple. So many women stay in abusive realtionships because of that thinking they will make it right.

I hear sermons about womn what their duties responsiblites are, religious social. Their rights are never talked of. I never hear the same of men. This can be cause of the self denying attitude of women I see around.

But we should always remember it takes two to tango. A realtionship can't work ( what work mean can differ though)unless both parties put an effort.

I hope u get my point.


With best wishes,

Nusrat Ara 


Dear Nusrat, I will listen to your wisdom and keep my posts shorter. It is just that I had been without really writing for so long, that I needed to produce something, and it came out kind of big.

About this being half of the story, I agree it takes two to tango, and I am glad you pointed this out as it can mislead to think that I am holding a woman responsible for everything, when I am trying to make her understand that EVERY PERSON, no matter their gender, must stand out for herself or himself. Women, all or most of us, tend to "accept" being belittled, even physically abused, making ourselves victims.

I don´t believe in martyrdom of any kind. Women´s rights should not only be on paper, they should be exercised by women daily. For that, she needs to acknoledge her responsibility to make herself heard, she needs "to get out of the closet" without feeling she is being victimized. For this she needs to be strong, she needs to know that as hard as it may be, working on her relationships sometimes means leaving her partner, punching him/her back, or even calling the police ans asking the press to come. This is valiant. This is courage. This is a real woman.

Nothing is achieved through whining. We need to wipe off the tears and DO THE JOB. And jobs are called jobs because they are not easy, otherwise they would be called games. When we are busy teaching women their rights, teaching them how to cook meals that will strength them, how to raise their kids properly, how and when to call the police, and organizing marches to ask the police for safe streets, we forget what we were whining about in our small world.

We become leaders who don´t reapeat comunist or capitalist slogans. We become complete human beings, Women faithful to Women´s causes, Women who work for Women. Strong women make strong communities where females do not think of themselves as unworthy, or as sex toys (the easy life is the hardest one), as dependent on their husbands or partners, or as professionals who need to sleep with the boss in order to get a job.

This is the kind of job we should not be afraid of doing. This is what should keep us busy. Let us do the job, dear Nusrat, let us wipe off the tears of us and of the women who surround us and help each other be strong. Only then, my friend, women´s rights will be more than just a paper.



Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America www.jap21.wordpress.com

Great article!

Simple and clear even anyone without basic knowledge of physics can understand the concepts clearly. Your article made me think about the concept of work - that it's the continuos exploitation of others to make maximun profit and maintain the class system - the idea of employing someone and giving them little as renumeration so that they come back next month to work again while the exploiter (employer) continues to make money. I guess the exploiter will also be 'working' to ensure that the exploited continues to work.

Good to see you back online. Gertrude

Thanks for reading! Your comments are always insightful and welcome.

About the definition of work, marxism and capitalism, both at the same degree, have been lying to us. They have made us believe that work has a lot to do with money than with life, and just by being aware of these two laws of thermodynamics, you can see that work has to do more with life than with money.

The problem is that human populations as a whole have to realize that this is a truth that cannot be denied, and that politics and sociology might have never taken into account the real meaning of work. We must begin questioning about the "reality" that has been imposed to us, as it has been designed for us by mean and hateful little minds like Marx's (comunist) and Friedman´s (capitalist), hehe,

In my view, both theories have been outdated by reality, by the need of living better lives, and last by not least, the awful results for humanity that they have had.

I am so glad to be back on line!



Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America www.jap21.wordpress.com


This is an exceptional article. While reading this my mind open and my eye lids peeled back, this made me think of the concept of work on a whole other scale, in a more natural, organic necessity aspect. Not in the capitalistic mindfrain that seems to dominate the American imperialistic way of thinking. You're writing just get's better and better. Have a wonderful day :) tchau -gabriela

It is so beautiful to find you here again. Thanks for reading, and please share it in your online communities, so people will begin the quest for new, more real, meanings of words.



Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America www.jap21.wordpress.com

Dear Jackie!

I really appreciate this article. A long time ago boyfriend once called me the "Queen of Entropy" so you see it is something I really need to guard against. In my case it is not that I am lazy at all. It is more that I have a lot of creative energy to begin projects but sometimes lose the energy to follow through to the finish. (I think at the time it may have been exacerbated by the depression of "feeling trapped" in an unhealthy relationship.) Your article has given me a more thorough understanding of the meaning, source, and dangers of entropy. I especially like the understandings that work is the use of energy to create order and that entropy leads to the death of any system. Your article inspires me to bring more order and less entropy into every aspect of my life. Muchas Gracias!

Best wishes for your healing! Love, Sagiia

Your words made my day. I have been a little depressed myself lately, as my ankle is taking its time to heal. But knowing that I could be of help to someone, is just awesome for my soul.

I took your advice and am repeating the words all the time. Today I feel a lot better, and I know I am capable of dealing with this and bringing total health into my life, today.

Love and appreciation to you,


Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America www.jap21.wordpress.com

Dear Jackie,

I have a cd by Louise entitled "What I Believe and Deep Relaxation" which I have found very helpful in the healing process. If you do not already have it, I would be happy to send you a copy or you can order it very inexpensively through Alibris.com. Being familiar with Louise already and very enlightened, I am sure you are already living the philosophy Louise shares on the first track where she explains her beliefs. But the second track is a deep meditation that can help to "unblock thought patterns that are limiting...." I think we can always use help with that.

Sending love and healing energy to you, Sagiia

I am very well now! I wanted to let you know, as you have been a light in my dark cave. I followed all your advice, and also looked for this soundtrack, but without luck. It is kind of difficult for me to pay for international things as in Bolivia we don´t have paypal services and just to send the money costs about 100 dollars, for money anywhere to 1000 dollars.

And I am thinking that maybe you could send me a copy via email. Is this possible? You can write me to my private email, and we could see other details.

Thank you honey for all the good vibes. They really helped a bunch.

Love, hugs and appreciation,


Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America www.jap21.wordpress.com