An abyss of meaning

Further to the last post, what is described in rather melodramatic terms as an “abyss” could equate to a primal chaos, something that scientists would discuss under the rubric of entropy. Entropy must increase overall, so the original state of the universe must have been a state of minimum entropy. However, the ordered universe that we see did not exist yet, all was a plasma of randomly moving particles. The paradox, noticed by Smithson, and of course only apparent, is that greater entropy is accompanied by greater order. The order is only local. So the abyss that swallows up all meaning is the future, the direction in which art must go, but it appears to us as the beginning. Bad art is always willing to offer another meaning. Delusive but temporary order. But perhaps I’m being too strict.

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