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First of all I want you to imagine that a foreign system starts to open in and certain symptoms starts showing up and so if we have some societal problem and thinking of how to solve the problem then with systems thinking then you might be able to act and identify the root cause of the problem, and pass it’s roots, just as its dealing with some type of systems management similar to address a sick person on the level of a call.
And the things that I’m interested in relatively would be on the individual level, being woke to really understand psyche and how it works so that people can be more successful with the inner work practices like shadow work and being able to integrate certain truths in the Society, to make for a better society so I think that system thinking would be a great tool for that type of thing.
Well at this point you might be thinking, what exactly is a system what makes a system so?, a system consist of things that work together interdependently to create a complex or sometimes simple whole, that product particular Behaviours or had a particular function or purpose to build it down a little bit and to make it more simple, system consist of parts and relationships between those parts that produce a particular function and don’t have a particular purpose, now in relation go that definition of system, so you might want go think about system thinking as being a way of thinking and a way of trying to problem solve, in a way that it counts for the messiness or the chaos, that is systems.
So by thinking this way you also sort of waiting to do it in such a way that you recognize that there can he systems within systems and that sometimes systems have effects on other systems, which affect even more systems, so it can get quite complex and now I’m going to go over some basic principles of systems thinking.
Now the first one I find really interesting, this us basically the idea that a system produce a particular type of behavior than that behaviour has always being laden or done with that system from the beginning, you know it’s just that maybe some outside force, catalyst and maybe she kind of action from within the system catalyst the change, so far example, let’s take a cave person right now, cave people you know, you can say it’s impossible for a cave person to invent something like a computer, because they’re just not living within their society and the world and those are essentially systems themselves but they’re but living with a system that’s conducive to that but always within human society, always within the world and always within human being has laden potentials, that can set of be unlock and the fact that humanity above, their higher nature and evolves in terms of the ideologies that we have evolved in terms of the structure of the society that we have, so these systems that we have together that sort of allow us to unleash certain potentials that we were not able to before, bit those potential were always laden in the system and another example of this principles of the system thinking, let’s take the ego, so let’s say that a person experience trauma and then they have a neurosis that comes out because of this or maybe a full complex of many neurosis, now the thought would naturally be like “oh the trauma thing that causes the neurosis but no that’s not true, because the ability to create that is not always laden with the ego, you can say that the event or the external event trigger that to happen but the creation of the trauma actually happened within the ego itself, so that was always very laden as the potential, it just got woken up by some external cause.
The next principle I want to go over relative to system’s principles thinking is the fact that the system’s are counter intuitive and non-linear and they’re often quite complex so if you think about our foreign body example earlier, you know and we take away our knowledge of science and knowledge of medicine and how it works, but if we look at it the way it is, it might be kind of counter intuitive to think that “oh the symptoms are the cause of the problems because they’re the things that are bugging you but at the same time, they’re a deeper issue going on that stem far beyond the symptoms.
Now I’ll talk about the next one a little bit more, in-depth later, but that systems can acts as parts within other systems, so essentially what we have In the universe is we have very large systems that is the universe and it was in tons and tons of smaller systems that exist with it, and then many smaller systems that exist within the systems and so on and forth. So there’s a very complex array it systems working together in reality.
So another façade of system thinking is that basically a system is responsible for it’s own Behaviours, so that we might be tempted to think that some outside force triggered some Behaviours in a system But somehow it’s the outside force that caused that, it’s not the outside force that caused Jr even if it’s triggered by that, it’s something that’s absolutely laden with the mechanisms of the systems that makes it come up, so a system causes it’s own behaviour and it’s kind if ripping it’s own Behaviours that I mentioned, so if we take a look at the idea of the system being responsible for its own behaviour and we look at Europe in the 1930’s, we might look at the things that cine there after, In terms of WW2 and the rise of Hitler and we might look and we might say Hitler was the cause of that, well in a sense yes, within the system maybe but you have to understand this, that Hitler was part of a greater system that already had those Behaviours imbedded in there, so basically Hitler is part of the system catalyst all of the other things that happen within the system, there’s a particular almost the way that diligence that allows for those events to ruse up, kind of a similar ideas that if somebody is holding a cup and say its filled with great kool-aid, well you’re not going to be able dump it and mane Coca Cola come out Of it because it just doesn’t have that in there, so it’s the same kind if principle that if the behavior wasn’t already in laden in the system, nothing from the outside is going to make it so, because it’s already to begin with so another Principe of system thinking is that a system basically can have the same part.
So if we have two systems and they both have the same part but in the relationship between those parts is different, it’s going to be two totally different systems.
You know in this case, the Behaviours and the functions of those Behaviours are so important that they change the entire structure of a system of the different.
Another thing about systems is that they’re essentially ordered chaos, so systems are very messy and non-linear like I explained earlier but they have a kind of order to them, so this is why I said in my previous article about yin and yang that all systems requires the convictions and integration of the tin and yang to be functioning systems, because that’s essentially what a system is, it’s chaos in an ordered form.
Alright so another Principle of system thinking is that a system basically has a function or multiple functions and one of the main functions of a system would be to keep itself alive, so it wants to maintain the status quo of itself, it wants to keep itself in the node kg home stais that’s what it tries to do, also the problems that happens with the system is essentially non-personal as in you conduct necessarily point to one single individual player within the system and day “it’s all your fault”and I think people have a tendency to want to reduce things down and to lay blame, to a particular people or to a very particular circumstances, when really a problem usually stems from a lot of very complex things coming together to create that problem.
So it often becomes better to think of these issues as like an invisible hand even if there are particular perpetrators, you want to think about it as an invisible hand issue, because essentially you’re going to be then able to notice that “oh maybe the social pattern led to that maybe we can tweak that a little bit or maybe thus pattern over here, led to this or maybe we can tweak that a little bit and so we get a better idea for what may or may not work in the future if you want to avoid similar problems and also the main place we’re going to be looking is not outside, pointing fingers this or that or to the other person.
We have to look inside and see how we’re actually contributing to the systems that cause certain problems, so I just mentioned earlier that a system consist of main facades that would be part of the relationship between the part and red function or the purpose of the systems, so one of the things I want to focus more on is the middle man, the one about the relationship between the part because this probably more nebulous often times the relationship between the parts can be quite invisible, so I think the illustrations about the importance of the relationship between parts would be in the form of chemical reactions where essentially you have the same actions.
No matter what but the relationship between those atoms just change and essentially create a brand new substance which would be a brand new system.