The dominant idea in our society seems to be one of control. From the economy, to society, to health and education, those who hope to improve matters have been seduced by a certain philosophy (typical of what is referred to as “scientific”) which is based on measuring starting points, setting end points and employing the tools to control the process of moving from the one to the other.
Actually, in “open systems”, which are “complex” (based on multiple non-linear relationships between the parts), this idea fails to match reality.
We cannot completely measure or control living systems.
The economist, Hayek, put it this way –
So, here’s the question – what is an “appropriate environment”?
What sets the conditions for health? For the creation of healthy individuals, healthy societies and healthy economies?