91 – Closed versus Open Systems …

A Closed System is an ‘un-natural’ man-made system (un-natural in the sense that interaction with its natural environment is deliberately limited or completely forbidden) and usually prearranged to fit or obtain more of less expected results. Although Closed Systems are never found ‘naturally’ in Nature, using them in experiments has assisted the discovery of patterns of self-organization and order in Nature, but they will never get us even close to discover what Nature is, what moves it, what makes it so creative and flexible and open to change and adaptation.

An Open System, on the other hand, is a natural congregation of diverse yet interrelated Open Systems … systems within systems within systems … natural in the sense that, collectively, they innately know how to absorb energy sources and information from the environment, and then using them to adapt and survive … if possible … perpetuating thus the ancient and creative Process we call Evolution.

But our current and dominant scientific and religious paradigm (Reduction & Division), bent on understanding our Universe through Closed Systems and under the misleading notion that we are separate from and better than Nature, has lead us into the belief that we exist in an isolated and privileged cocoon.

Like the systems we are made out of and the systems in which we exist, we are Open Systems. And although Open Systems can attain many forms, sizes and degrees of complexity, we are homogeneous in the sense that we all share the same intuitive knowledge and common physical characteristics:

1 – self-organizing into interconnected, dynamic and adaptable bodies,

2 – sustaining, amidst constant change, a relative balance between energy consumed and energy exerted; and innately knowing that once this balance cannot be sustained, we either have to restructure or dissipate back into the environment,

3 – sensing the environment to learn to change or be changed,

4 – knowing how to self-generate.

Like cells or the earth, we are Open Systems … highly evolved but Open Systems nonetheless … emerging temporarily into the majesty of the splendid Process that runs in our blood and gifts us the capacity to leave our mark in the world.

Can we lead away from the sad idea that we are not an affecting and affected element of this splendid Process?

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12 Responses to “91 – Closed versus Open Systems …”

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