We have to be honest
For beneath the surface
Of the events and the issues we focus on
And beneath the patterns
And the structures
The objects and the rituals
The institutions and their policies
Beneath the abstractions and the subsequent reductions
And our beliefs
We are the roots
The root cause
And in that context we are also the keys
To the solutions.
I scribbled it down moments before a lecture which touched on systems thinking, design thinking and deep dives in relation to a ‘future design’ task.
‘Systms’ 2022. Letraset typeface transfer on road reflector.
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Watts, A. 1957. ‘The Way of Zen’. Pantheon Books Inc. New York.
“When you say the music is abominable, listen to the sound of your own complaint”. Alan Watts. ‘In My Own Way’. New World Library. 2007. p 365.