The SystemSubmitted by dwalters on Sat, 01/18/2014 - 18:06
What is The System?
We hear it talked about all the time: “Blame it on The System;” “The System is broken;” “Put your trust in The System;” and so on. Every person has likely made reference to The System at one time or another. However, what is The System? If one had to pin down a precise definition, what would it be?
I would define it as:
The System – the sum of all the recipes Man follows; the guiding ideas of Society
Given this broad definition, The System is all around you. Over time, Man has learned to employ reproducible methods which make the performance of tasks regular. Innovators sometimes come up with new methods that catch on, but for the most part, people follow the recipes of those that came before them – including but not limited to things like political philosophy, architecture, science, propaganda, culinary arts, parenting, lifestyle, etc. People become comfortable, familiar, and complacent with the way things are, and The System becomes entrenched.
Much like a caste system, many people still follow in their parents’ footsteps with regards to profession – for instance, politicians, teachers, military men and women, construction workers, bank executives, etc. Growing up they learned the roles they now play through observing the actions and teachings of their parents and other perceived authority figures. As The System ages and more and more generations pass through it, regimentation can often slow progress. Subsequent generations become cogs rather than operators – at all levels of Society.