Thou Shalt Not Dump, Thou Shalt Produce And Use Clean, Renewable Energy. Or Die Trying. How’s That For A Social Contract?


A reader provided the above comment as a simple solution to our societal malaise. What follows is my correction to his assertion, one so often mistakenly interpreted as the savior of society. More rules without the apriori establishment of a theory embedded in a system only yield more rebels without a cause:

You communicate precisely what goes wrong in our system-building-thinking and development processes. Rules are a consequence of a system with an embedded theory at its cause. The mere implementation of rules does not infer a system.

A system is created by a theory, which transforms input to produce the desired output. Without a theory, as the cause, the deployment of rules, as a consequence, leads to grave depravity of reason and, thus, the opposite of the desired outcome a system is expected to produce.

First, one must deploy a theory from a selection of input expected to produce the desired outcome and then embed the theory in a system by which “gameplay” is defined. Only after those steps can one define meaningful yet not stifling rules to guard the implementation of the objective of the system.

So, implementing rules before the system is defined is putting the cart before the horse.




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Georges van Hoegaerden
Georges van Hoegaerden
Georges is the Founder and Managing Director of method41. From analyzing the workings of policy, capital, and innovation, Georges noticed how these siloed constructs are woefully incompatible with the principles nature deploys to produce regenerative performance. With humanity stuck in a fabric of its own making, Georges set out to reinvent the operating-systems of humanity to fix the theory that determines what humanity can discover, aiming to fundamentally improve human adaptability to nature's entropy.
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