The goal of Life is creation. Creation can be baldly functional: creating new life, or new things. Creation can be hedonism: creating new and successively more stimulating physical experiences. Creation can be noble: creating processes that improve the human condition (and, by implication, the condition of the reality we inhabit).

Every form of creation has a purpose and a place. Function and hedonism appear immediately relevant; the rewards of nobility frequently are deferred, sometimes over time scales that exceed a human life.

Creation is competitive. Every act requires energy and consumes an opportunity in time. When we create something, something that could otherwise have been created is not.

But how does creation happen?

In any significant act of creation, energy and time must be reserved. This requires order and continuity. The act of creation in itself, however, is singular and disruptive. It disorders resources in order to force them into a new shape or pattern. The process is inefficient, because competition requires us to focus our attention on the thing being made. Figuring out how to manage every bit of waste and heat requires additional resources and energy. Even when we can afford that luxury, that consideration is open-ended: the process of planning for the management of waste and heat itself generates waste and heat.

Consequentially, creation requires both order and disorder. There is an essential balance between those principles that must be pursued in our material and spiritual lives. Obviously, grossly inefficient processes disrupt other systems, some of which may be life sustaining (the environmental movement responded to one such crisis). However, overly structured systems, such as restrictive religious and political hierarchies, suppress the distribution of power, limiting the ability of a society to facilitate the development and expression of the talents of its members.