Under All is the Energy

The National Association of Realtors has a tag line which reads “Under All is the Land”, which they use to exemplify how real estate is fundamental to society. As a former Realtor who is also passionate about energy, I’ve always wanted to correct them. Their phrase is catchy, but it’s wrong.

The growth of society – of humanity in fact – is one of thermodynamics, not land. Matter itself condenses out of pure energy to form quarks, and then atoms, which use atomic energies to go on to form molecules, which then form dirt, cells, stardust, and you and I. We are made of energy.
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