Systemic Insight

I discovered this little gem in Donella Meadows’ “Thinking in Systems“.

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

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