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How Complex Systems Fail

A short treatise on the nature of failure; how failure is evaluated; how failure is attributed to proximate cause ...
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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 23, 4:44 PM

Again, I'm not arguing that we're headed for catastrophic social failure as a result of our present private and public elites' actions, attitudes and behaviors as a matter of hindsight.  This is foresight.

 

While smaller systems are faster and easier to adapt, the fact of the matter is, is that it comes down to changes at the top levels of larger systems in order to bring about the changes further down the pike.  It's a small change in logic, perspective and attitude that I'm arguing for.

 

What I would argue needs to happen, is a magnanimous humbling of self for the sake of self, in order to realize, accept, understand and work with the reality that is actually growing in the world around us.  From there, a change of policies and governmental actions should come forth, with appropriate and effective responsiveness by the government to the long term and short term effects that are felt in the given society and economy.  This applies to both private and public leadership.  Failure to act appropriately and acceptably will lead to their removal by hook or by crook by the rest of the membership of society. 

These are the small mistakes that we're "living" with.  This is the tinder that will set the whole thing off into a bonfire.  This is how our civilization will end, if it isn't ended through the magnanimous actions of our private and public elites.

 

Silly brains.

 

Think about it.

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