entropy doesn’t give a damn about all the progress you’ve made or how hard you are trying. the more work you do, the more entropy piles up around you. the more success you have, the less opportunity will be left over. when your heat sink is full, you fail. that’s the shit on a stick of physics, and it’s the hardest thing to accept in science. nature gives the illusion of perpetual motion, but the counter-entropic moments are tiny, and, like a pendulum, if you stop them they don’t just go again. whatever progress you think you are making, you have to look at the entropy that comes with it to know whether the thermal reservoir can sustain it or if it is a flash in the pan that will burn through its neighbourhood.