in listening to a lecture by alan watts to ibm managers i was reminded of a distinction he made between mechanisms and organisms.
he said that mechanisms can be assembled and dis-assembled part by part with little or no damage to the device, whereas an organism has to be dealt with as a whole or it can be damaged irreparably.
yet scientists and engineers continue to damage organisms thinking they are mechanisms.
alan warned the ibm people almost 40 years ago that if they and others continued to do this that they would destroy organisms such as the environment or people or cultures within a few short years.
and here we are taking a mechanical approach to problem solving, whereas the solution is organic.
drugging people and selling carbon credits..............
instead of councelling people and reducing consumption.
but that would be too easy, wouldn`t it?