Three Laws of Systemics

My mission
statement
promotes becoming healthy, happy, and holy. Its meaning
should be reasonably obvious when applied to individuals and community, but I
also assert that goal for systems, which is perhaps somewhat unusual. I started
using the word systemics to describe this attitude of looking
at systemic problems, and as usual discovered someone else thought of it first
— in this case, fifty years ago, which gave birth to the International Society for the
Systems Sciences
, custodians of a genuine scientific discipline that
has arguably has fallen off its
prime.

I hope to eventually connect
with them and see where they’re going, but first I want to try to formulate my
philosophy in systemic terms in the hopes of finding common ground. Here, with a
nod to Isaac Asimov , are my Three Laws of
Systemics:

1. Happy systems
fulfill
their purposes
(cf. Matthew
6:33
)

2. Healthy
systems
align
with
their purposes
(cf. Matthew
22:37
)

3. Holy
systems
achieve
their purposes by others achieving theirs
(cf.
Matthew
22:39
)

While I haven’t done
an exhaustive inquiry, these seem to fit what I know of the human body,
organizational theory, and computer software.

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