"There are imbalances in our daily lives and we constantly struggle to transform them positively. Gaining control means finding the most favourable balance and working constantly to make positive exchanges. Norman Mailer wrote that at every moment we are either 'living a little more or dying a little bit'. There is no standing still, no maintaining a perfect equilibrium. We can, however, in effect freeze time by pausing for a moment in our constant search for what to do next and instead clamly evaluate the pluses and minuses. We can flout the laws of thermodynamics to create energy and quality through positive transformations."
G. Kasparov (2007) How life imitates chess.