S = k. log W – ENTROPY
The word “entropy” has several meanings. As a scientific term (S = k. log W), it relates to the laws of thermodynamics as discovered by Ludwig Boltzmann in the late 1800’s. However, it can also used to describe society that is in a stage of “degeneration”.
There is a beautiful sadness when we look at images of decay, possibly more so in reference to modern eras rather than ancient civilizations. Although we marvel at the great Pyramids of Giza or the Acropolis in Greece, the decay of modern America, for example, has a specific power all of its own.
Maybe it was the promise of a better world, one where humans toiled less, where machines did our bidding and we had significant amounts of leisure time to spend with friends and family. Unfortunately, this appears to be an unrealistic myth, one that we insist on pursuing with no end in sight.
Bethlehem Steel – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – Photograph by Eric Holubow
“The Bethlehem Steel Corporation (1857–2003), based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was once the second-largest steel producer in the United States, after Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based U.S. Steel. After a decline in the U.S. steel industry and management problems leading to the company’s 2001 bankruptcy, Bethlehem Steel was also one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the world and one of the most powerful symbols of American industrial manufacturing leadership. Bethlehem Steel’s demise is often cited as one of the most prominent examples of the U.S. economy’s shift away from industrial manufacturing and its inability to compete with cheap foreign labor.” -Found at: http://ebow.org/artwork/1123191-Beth-Rails.html
Once the Industrial Revolution reached its peak and it became clear that carbon fuels would take care of the “heavy lifting” for multiple generations, factory owners faced the dilemma of a slow expansion and a lack of uncontrollable grown. Hence the creation of consumerism, where crap could be mass-produced until the universe died, or at least humanity became extinct.
It appears that there is a correlation between ever expanding consumerism and the dimming of consciousness. The more waste we create the less aware we become. But a mood of insensitivity is important to maintain within the populous if you want an exponential expansion of industrialism. However, the once sacred factories and companies of capitalistic United States are slowly crumbling and turning to dust as policy makers shift the work force to third-world nations in a deliberate attempt to cripple and then eliminate the working peoples. Now we can buy the same unless shit that we were making for half the price. Of course, once every financial drop of blood has been squeeze out of these new centres of commerce, they too will be thrown away just like the products that they once made. Unfortunately, it is the way of the world. -The Warrior