It’s called “entropy”. It’s an aspect of realtiy to which most of us in the U.S. are in denial. “Entropy” means that progress cannot be permanent, and that the religious myth of creation, and a divine call to care for the earth, is closer to sanity than the secular myth of eternal progress. Forget “multiverses” and any talk of open systems. All of those things are theoretically possible, but when you are betting the earth on a theory, it is good to be as humble as possible.