Challenging Thoughts

IFSR Newsletter 1997 Vol. 16 No. 1 April
J. Gall: “Systemantics: How Systems Really work and How They FaiL”, 2nd ed., p. 65, Ann Arbor, The General Systemantics Press, 1986
A Complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked.
A Complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.
The ISI found a very nice way to test its communication network by supplying an interesting thought to the receivers instead of the uncreative ‘test message’. I want to thank Gregory LaPointe, jr and Julie LaPointe for this challenging idea.
We, as individuals within the human family, recognize the interdependence that exists between us and our fellow citizens. Like the links of a chain, we form a bond of connections between persons in the human community. Our mission is to support or to contribute some useful service that will enhance the health of the community, such that when we dedicate ourselves to constructive efforts, we will at the same time dedicate our efforts to our self, our family, and our community. We pledge that we will strive to discover our talents, to develop our skills, and to apply what we have learned, so that the quality of our life, our community, and our world may be enhanced by our having touched them. We pray that God may grant us His Guidance and Blessing upon this mission.
(Gregory La Pointe sen., 1988).

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