Life: The (Incomplete) Prologue
I have been wanting to do an article like this for awhile now but have not had time. There seems little point when I can point you to this fine article on the topic. Life exists exactly because of the 2nd law of thermodynamics! Think that one through.
If the universe we know is merely the disipation of energy in a medium, it only makes sense that matter would organize to disipate it as efficiently as is reasonably possible. Life is one of those reasonably possible methods.