The Universe is Self-ordering
Imagine yourself back at the beginning of time. The universe is raw energy, blasting faster than the speed of light in all directions.
What happens? As time passes—maybe only nanoseconds—electrons coalesce around nuclei. Molten matter cools; stars and planets form themselves into spheres; celestial objects find paths and settle into orbits. Order emerges.
Gravity exerts itself. On planets with hydrogen and oxygen, water appears. Rivers form and run downhill. Seas arise. Atmospheres stabilize. Before we know it, we’re seeing adventurous fish crawling up onto dry land, hominids beating each other’s brains out with sticks and clubs, and geeks with pocket protectors doing IPOs for social networking startups.
What about your novel?
Books wanna be what they wanna be. So do albums, entrepreneurial ventures, and statues of David. The process unfolds infallibly. Our symphony-in-the-works evolves into four movements, our screenplay organizes itself into three acts.
If we just keep plugging away at our vision, the Law of Self-Ordering comes to our aid. Work—day-in, day-out exertion and passion and concentration—produces progress and order. That’s a law of the universe.