Posted by: chrismaser | March 9, 2010
NATURE’S INVIOLATE PRINCIPLES: 9
ALL RELATIONSHIPS ARE IRREVERSIBLE
Because change is a constant process orchestrated along the interactive web of universal relationships, it produces infinite novelty that precludes anything in the cosmos from ever being reversible. Take my misstep on the aforementioned stream’s edge. One moment I was standing on the level beach and the next I was conversing with the water. At the same time, the sand I had knocked into the stream was being summarily carried off to the sea. What of this dynamic was reversible? Nothing was reversible because I could not go back in time and make a different decision of where to place my foot. And because we cannot go back in time, nothing can be restored to its former condition. All we can ever do is repair something that is broken so it can continue to function, albeit differently than in its original form. If you want a detailed discussion of this principle, read Earth in Our Care.1
• The Law Of Cosmic Unification
• Principle 1: Everything is a relationship
• Principle 2: All relationships are inclusive and productive.
• Principle 3: The only true investment is energy from sunlight.
• Principle 4: All systems are defined by their function.
• Principle 5: All relationships result in a transfer of energy.
• Principle 6: All relationships are self-reinforcing feedback loops.
• Principle 7: All relationships have one or more tradeoffs.
• Principle 8: Change is a process of eternal becoming.
• Principle 10: All systems are based on composition, structure, and function.
• Principle 11: All systems have cumulative effects, lag periods, and thresholds.
• Principle 12: All systems are cyclical, but none are perfect circles.
• Principle 13: Systemic change is based on self-organized criticality.
• Principle 14: Dynamic disequilibrium rules all systems.
- Chris Maser. Earth in Our Care: Ecology, Economy, and Sustainability. Rutgers University Press, Piscataway, New Jersey. (2009) 262 pp.
Text © by Chris Maser 2010. All rights reserved.
This series of blogs is excerpted from my 2009 book, Social-Environmental Planning: The Design Interface Between Everyforest and Everycity, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 321 pp.
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