My Dad and Entropy

by Regis Boff

My father taught me very few things. Our relationship, coupled to my own observations of what was really available around me assured me that he wasn’t withholding anything on purpose. I grew up in a time and place before wisdom. I did glean a few things from his repeated general behavior though. The earliest axiom was that my father invented entropy. Of course, I did not call it entropy and nor did he but he did lay the foundational and groundbreaking legwork that eventually broke the whole idea wide open in the scientific marketplace. He explained to me that a light bulb, in much the same way, as the universe, has only so many on/off’s in it and when it has reached it’s predetermined limit it will burn out. He said that only God knew the limits for the universe, and he was clear that God did not give a crap about our light bulbs and their points of burnout. My father explained that our light bulbs and their sidekick, electricity, fell within his financial jurisdiction and that turning them off was not an option for me. My dad is dead and God has yet to make His final decision about the universe, and I am still turning off lights and yelling at my son to do so.