Maria Popova (@brainpicker) tweeted at 6:01 AM – 30 Oct 2019 :
Order, disorder, and oneself – the polymathic French philosopher Paul Valéry, born on this day in 1871, on how to never again misplace anything: https://t.co/33fKd4v21y https://t.co/k1l9tMWvIb (http://twitter.com/brainpicker/status/1189512608287809541?s=17)
If you don’t want things to get lost, always put them where your instinct is to put them. You don’t forget what you would always do.
Real disorder is a breach of this rule — a waiving of the principle of frequency. Disorder comes of putting things in places you have laboriously thought up or finally discovered after a series of experiments, calculations, deviations, and successive swerves from your natural bent. And you hail each new cache as a discovery, a New World, a marvelous solution!
So when I want to find the object again, I am obliged to retrieve one particular train of thought, without anything to guide me back to it.
But if it was placed instinctively, all I need is to rediscover myself, lock, stock, and barrel — that’s to say I have only to be myself.
If disorder is the rule with you, you will be penalized for installing order.
carhart-harris entropy law – hard won order