Equilibrium is an illusion

Economic theories are rife with the illusion of equilibrium; a steady state where things seem to be at ease with everything else. I am currently reading this book called Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos, by M. Mitchell Waldrop.

It’s a rather an interesting book, the fact that it took ages for an economist to go against the orthodoxy of the day, to fight against the tide, the norm.

What if equilibrium is indeed is an illusion? A steady state means stale, not-moving, static. It is the complete opposite of what life is. It is messy, tedious, dynamic and hard to predict. Crafting hypothesis on inaccurate assumptions could lead us towards making decision that may not be the most efficient.

We are alive, we feel alive, precisely because all of this complexity of what life has to offer. Every little things that we face on a day-to-day basis, it all adds up to what our life sums up to.

Ignorance breeds indifference. To see the life in a different way, we only need to change the lenses of our eye-glasses. To understand the different perspectives of other people, we need to read, observe, empathise and drown ourselves within the concepts.

Every second, every minute, every day and every moment there ever is, to do right is worth sacrificing everything else.

The only life worth living, is the one where we won’t regret any second of it. We ain’t perfect, we will never be, but ambiguity gives us the power to exert change within us, however small, however tiny, so long as there’s a little room of improvement somewhere, each day, it’s worth living for.

“The notion of ambiguity must not be confused with that of absurdity. To declare that existence is absurd is to deny that it can ever be given a meaning; so to say it is ambiguous is to assert that it’s meaning is never fixed, that it must be constantly won. Absurdity challenges every ethics; but also the finished rationalization of the real would leave no room for ethics; it is because man’s condition is ambiguous that he seeks, through failure & outrageousness, to save his existence.”

Simone de Beauvoir, The Ethics of Ambiguity

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