If a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves.... There's so much talk about the system. And so little understanding. ---Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
For Dana (1941-2001) and for all those who would learn from her
Early on in teaching about systems, I often bring out a Slinky.
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