Fighting natural laws

I’ve always considered natural laws not to be worth fighting. It’s just the way the world works, and it’s best to roll with it.

One of my favourites is the classic (albeit clich├ęd) ‘information wants to be free‘, which stings people all the time. The most recent example that springs to mind, because I just finished reading the article, is the Labour smear campaign suggestion emails. Oops, and all that.

But, this is an easy one to deal with: be nice, and everything will be fine.

My other favourite is the second law of thermodynamics, which says that the universe tends towards disorder, or, it’s easier to break things than make them.

Considering these two laws together suggests to me that information follows a pattern of burst and decay. This is why your permalinks will never be permanent. This is why I have no qualms with wiping six years of my blog. This is why I don’t care if my URL shortener disappears.

I consider my activities online to be ephemeral, contributing to the machine for only as long as is necessary. I hope my children and their children’s children will be able to explore and experience this, but what’s most important is that they can experience all of this, and anything else is just ego.