Ends by Gordon R. Dickson 1988
Time Must Have a Stop
Everything has a time of innocence. A time when the world is new and no false steps have yet been made. When no good fight has yest been lost, and no good cause turned bad. But that is only the beginning.
Sooner or later that step is taken, the fight lost in a cause become unworthy. Time must have a stop; entropy will out. That is the them of this companion volume to Beginnings.