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Change can be hard within a system

Complex systems1 often self-heal and self-correct over time, especially when the attempt at change occurs in the wrong place. Finding the right place to introduce change is the difficult part.

If a factory is torn down but the ratioinality 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 the government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves...There's so much talk about the system. And so little understanding

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