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