A good leader sets the right goals, gets things moving, and helps us to discover that we already know what to do.
A vision should be judged by the clarity of its values, not the clarity of its implementation path.
Any system, biological, economic, or social, that gets so encrusted that it cannot self-evolve, a system that systematically scorns experimentation and wipes out the raw material of innovation, is doomed over the long term on this highly variable planet.
Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not distort, delay, or sequester information.
Material accumulation is not the purpose of human existence. All growth is not good. The environment is a necessity, not a luxury. There is such a thing as enough.
Models can easily become so complex that they are impenetrable, unexaminable, and virtually unalterable.
No one can define or measure justice, democracy, security, freedom, truth, or love. No one can define or measure any value. But if no one speaks up for them, if systems aren't designed to produce them, if we don't speak about them and point toward their presence or absence, they will cease to exist.
Since the Earth is finite, and we will have to stop expanding sometime, should we do it before or after nature's diversity is gone?
The scarcest resource is not oil, metals, clean air, capital, labour, or technology. It is our willingness to listen to each other and learn from each other and to seek the truth rather than seek to be right.
The world is a complex, interconnected, finite, ecological-social-psychological-economic system . We treat it as if it were not, as if it were divisible, separable, simple, and infinite. Our persistent, intractable global problems arise directly from this mismatch.
There are no separate systems. The world is a continuum. Where to draw a boundary around a system depends on the purpose of the discussion.
There is too much bad news to justify complacency. There is too much good news to justify despair.
We can't control systems or figure them out. But we can dance with them!
You may be able to fool the voters, but not the atmosphere.
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