On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 2:16 AM, GS Chandy <gs_chandy@yahoo.com> wrote:

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In general - despite the huge advances in linguistics and associated sciences - we little realize the 'power of language'.  It has struck me that even the pioneers in linguistics (Noam Chomsky and others) have little understood that 'power': had they adequately understood, they surely would have gone much further than they have succeeded in doing.  I suggest that their major lack is of a deficiency in understanding about 'systems'.


I think Chomsky in particular appreciates that power of language, but that doesn't make him individually able to alter the course of history in ways he'd like, beyond exercising what liberties he has to express himself, as a tenured professor at a respected academy. maybe emeritus by now I don't know.

He's in a tiny minority politically however. 

I would claim that, regardless of his understanding of 'systems', he would still encounter limits on his power to make a difference, simply by virtue of the fact of their being many more of everyone else than of him. 

He's not a Dr. Faustus character, in league with the devil to amplify his powers by supernatural means, regardless of some people's tendency to wanna demonize the guy.


Over the past several decades (or even the past century or so), circumstances have been indicating that we (human beings) are in dire need of some further development of 'language' to enable us to 'handle' the situations we have been encountering.  By and large, in the 'prose mode' of communication, the 'inter-relationships' between the factors in complex systems' remain rather ambiguous, leading often to quite significant deficiencies in the way we communicate with each other - and even more grave deficiencies in the way we behave (act) with each other.

For instance, Jesus Christ is said to have articulated (about 2000 years ago) the profound wisdom: "Do thou unto others as thou woulds't have others do unto you" - I believe this must be the basis of all human society.  (Buddha, even earlier, is said to have gone even deeper into the 'heart of things').  But remarkably, in recent times it has been an ostensibly 'Christian nation', the US of A, that has been most gravely contravening the 'fundamental law of society'.


That "do unto others..." rule is called the golden rule, but many think the platinum rule is better:  "do unto others how they would have you do unto them."   The reason being, how people treat themselves may be far from acceptable as a behavior towards others.

Some developments from Warfield's approach to systems (in a tool called the 'One Page Management System' [OPMS]) now enable individuals or groups (high-school upwards) to identify any 'Mission' of current interest and to develop

One may surmise that the system currently in vogue is the MMMS (many memo management system) or the MPMS (multi-page management system).  In getting it down to one page, you system saves paper and is to be commended on that score.  As a taker of minutes for Quaker Oversight Committee meetings, I try to keep it to one page also.  Minutes are not tape recordings.  One gives the gist, not a verbatim account.  Distillation to plain speech of a pithy nature -- that's value added by the minute taker.

I would even go so far as to suggest (not necessarily claim as yet) that most of the horrors of the Nazi era (and most of the horrors following that era) may well have been prevented if people at large were a little more aware about 'systems' and how they function.  (The basic 'modern ideas' about systems came to light with the researches of Ludwig von Bertalanffy and many others, circa 1930s I believe - well in advance of Hitler and Gang taking control in Germany).

GSC

Cruise missiles are a perfection of the V2 in many ways and Nazis would have loved to reign them down on London.  The language used by those fighting the Drone Wars (not endorsed by Cascadia, though we love our drones, control 'em with Clojure 'n such) has many commonalities with Nazi groupthink.  Indeed, there's much continuity between US policy post WW2 and Nazi thinking, more than you'd expect given "who won the war", but then remember a lot of that 'master race' BS started in places like Long Island.

Kirby