First presented by the Greek physicist-philosopher Parmenides (510-450 BC) and then argued over for two-millennia by other famous names in history including Plato and Aristotle, the idea that empty spaces are unnatural has led directly to the creation of human advances such as atomic theory, the barometer, the steam engine and the science of thermodynamics to name but a few.
Indeed the idea has been around for quite sometime… So why have I made it the title of my post? Well it would seem that lately, I have become a victim of this famous postulate, albeit in a slightly different sense of the meaning:
The day after I finished de-cluttering my home, it literally looked like an advertisement for a domestic goddess magazine (yes even inside the drawers and cupboards!) So what did the universe throw at me? Several car loads of stuff, generously gifted to us by a well-meaning Father-in-law after the passing of my Mother-in-law. Admittedly, I did take multiple bags off to the op-shop, but we’ve still ended up with quite a lot of items that I do not have places for, and by the law of universal attraction they are greedily gathering more clutter. My new motto of ‘a place for everything, everything in it’s place’ has encountered some serious universal resistance – to quote many others and my post The Ins and Outs of ‘Stuff’,
“space wants to be filled”.
Hmmmm, looking around, maybe my title should have been ‘The Chaos Theory‘… must be time for another de-clutter!