Kelsey Bicknell - Honors College
Alright, so I was sitting in my bed thinking about life and I started pondering the phrase, or question rather, “why do bad things happen to good people?” In my pondering, I decided it comes down to the theory of entropy, which is actually a term I learned in AP chem. Entropy in the universe is constantly increasing, which means everything is eventually moving towards chaos. Systems that are stable, or in other words, perfect, eventually fall to chaos. I think good people are essentially the pinnacles of perfection in the universe and therefore they eventually must fall to chaos. I don’t know what that chaos is exactly. It could be death, but death is a final thing for everyone, so it would have to be classified as an unfair death or an early death. Chaos could also mean the tainting of a perfect soul so that it becomes imperfect.
Of course, my pondering only lead to more questions, as most philosophical thoughts do. If a person who is considered good in the eyes of others, dies, do they die happy? Do they die knowing in their heart that they may have made a difference in someone’s life or touched someone’s heart in a way no one else could? Honestly, is a good person really bothered by the notion of death, or are we, the observers of their life, just upset that they are no longer present to give us hope?
Let’s say the good person became tainted and fell from the pedestal we put them on. Does that mean they cannot recover from their fall? I know people who have been put through some ridiculous shit in their life, and they are the most marvelous individuals now. Despite the eventuality of chaos, I think we can prolong it for longer than we think. I also think entropy affects the observer more than it does the person who falls to it. Is it worse to watch than to experience? I don’t know.