Universal Parkinson

Parkinson’s Law applies to all levels of life.

Cells are meant to work. When they aren’t allowed to work, they go rogue, creating arthritis or IBS or lupus or cancer.

Humans are meant to work. When they aren’t allowed to work, they go rogue, turning to crime or suicide.

And of course Parkinson’s original point: Corporations and agencies are meant to work. When they lose their purpose, they turn to crime.

I’ve noticed some more subtle cases lately. In the last few years my vestibular system has been acting up. At first I tried “destressing” it by holding onto things, but quickly found that the problem got worse. It’s best to stand without support and encourage the system to work.

Even machines do Parkinson, which seems even more counterintuitive. The front-loading washer is better balanced with a heavy load. When I try to “destress” it with a lesser load, it runs wild. The air conditioner is also quieter when it has to pull 95 down to 70. When it has an easy load, pulling 75 down to 70, it gets noisy.

Natural Law: Use it or lose it.

MEN ARE MEANT TO MAKE THINGS. IF THEY CAN’T MAKE THINGS, THEY WILL BREAK THINGS.

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