I woke up during the most boring presentation about math ever — BBC’s The Code, second episode — just in time to have my head exploded by the quote I presented above.
I knew the Universe was stingy. It does not provide pervasive bounty. Effort must be used to make it yield.
I had to stop to think about that, especially when it was paired with the word efficient.
We associate efficiency with effort in such a way that laziness is absolutely not part of the equation.
For example, corporations use the excuse of “efficiency” to fire vast numbers of employees. The ones remaining find their workloads greatly increased. They hardly feel “lazy” suddenly doing two to three times the amount of labor. Nor does it feel “efficient” to them.
You can see right there that something is wrong with that equation.
On the other hand, doing the right thing always seems efficient.
For example, if I do a daily cleaning of the place I live in, I’m not saddled the next day with an increased amount of effort to put in to maintain its state. X labor keeps a stable state of Y clean.
But if I’m “lazy” and don’t clean for several days, attending to it feels overwhelming. Suddenly I must do X times Z to get back to Y.
Another aspect of human laziness leads to monopolies. It’s efficient to stay with a service rather than change. Satisfied customers also bring more in, leading to a majority of the market going to one firm. In this case, laziness undercuts the variety that Nature favors. So the laziness of the Universe when indulged in by human beings actually undercuts one of its goals.
I need to think about all this and see where it fits in with my assertion that the Universe is made of No.