This post is the fourth part of longer lecture, "Is God on our side? Economics at the borders of nature." Parts I, II, and III.
Conclusion: Is God on our side?
Earlier I discussed species that die out relatively quickly because, by their own insatiability, they destroy the very ecosystem which had been providing them with the gradients they needed. In contrast to them, by our use of fossil fuels we've gained enough independence from ecosystems that we’re capable of causing a great deal more harm before natural processes get in our way.
We find ourselves in the position that in the interests of our own success we may have to renounce the most powerful gradient that any species on this planet has ever found.
But such renunciation goes against the mighty 2nd Law, through whose grace we are surrounded by all the wonders of the world, whether natural or created by human effort.
And a further example from nature doesn’t do much to help the mood. We can picture two basic life strategies. The first is restrained, it gives priority to not using, and it can be seen in cold-blooded animals. They can generally get by on a more modest diet, since they don't need to generate heat.