I have lived my life trying to study and find out why there are so many problems in the world or why it is very difficult to resolve a conflict. I finally came out with the following article based on terms used in science that when explained analogically, would give a logical and rational explanation to the problems plaguing society. It all starts with a spark. To better understand this, I’ll take it chronologically.

HESS’S LAW: it states –“the energy change accompanying a reaction is independent of the route taken”. It only depends on the initial and final conditions (temperature). Analogically, problems in real life correspond to energy change and temperature corresponds to different interpretations of events. However, there is a very good relationship between enthalpy (energy change) and entropy (disorder)


ENTROPY- it defines the amount of disorder in a system. In a closed system, the value of entropy increases with temperature. That is, as temperature increases, more and more particles gain heat energy (enthalpy) thereby surpassing the activation energy barrier. Analogically, as the interpretations of a particular event increase, it makes the situation to be explosive and difficult to control.

ACTIVATION ENERGY THEORY: activation energy is the minimum/ threshold value of energy needed to make a chemical reaction possible. The theory states that once the threshold value of energy is passed, any more energy would be translated as an increase in the number of collisions. Analogically, chemical reaction corresponds to confrontation, and collisions correspond to actual punches.

COLLISION THEORY- which states that the rate of a reaction is directly proportional to the number of effective collisions. The number of effective collisions depend on how well arranged the reactants are, which in turn depends on the initial approximations of the scientist. Any miscalculations on the initial conditions would make our predictions impossible. This defines Chaos

 CHAOS THEORY.-  the aperiodic long–term behavior in a deterministic system that exhibits sensitive dependence on the initial condition. It is the dependence of a system on initial conditions that make future predictions impossible.

  We see that history has a lot to do when it comes to resolving conflicts. If we want a better world in future, let our initial steps not be errors, otherwise they’ll keep hunting us. we are guests at the home of entropy and chaos. their hospitality is fast becoming legendary!


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Comment by ACHIRI ARNOLD NJI on February 1, 2015 at 8:03am
society operates based on the manner in which people interpret events. Friedrich Nietzsche quoted " there are no facts, only interpretations" .to uproot the cancer that causes mistrust and fuels the cold war, we need to form an inclusive international community. the biggest problem we have in doing this is the troubled historical past. ..
Comment by ACHIRI ARNOLD NJI on January 31, 2015 at 4:52am

thanks VAL! a simple modification of Newtonian mechanics- we can decide to say what goes up comes down, action and reaction are equal and opposite, or that for every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction. the avoidable consequences are chaos and entropy!

Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on January 30, 2015 at 9:40am

Good Idea Achiri !  Action equals reaction, what goes around comes around. We must all be aware of this fundamental fact and Golden rule of life as social actors and social molecules, thanks for sharing.

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