Systems and Processes

When lost for words either stay mum or adopt language that advertises knowledge. These days politics is portrayed in terms of 'systems' composed of 'processes'. Rulers and ruled are steeped in the 'processes' of government because both are embroiled in 'systems' of administration. Economics is similarly indebted : neither citizens nor consumers count for much because the business of markets is composed of impersonal 'processes' and 'systems' that make, advertise and sell things and services that typify post- industrial life.

'Systems' and 'Processes' are thus verbal signs of active mental agility. Unlike 'organisation and its components' which more rigorous thinking has now upstaged, they advertise familiarity with scientific idioms and their worldly applications. Most anything that is not deemed integral to its 'systems' and 'processes' is considered a waste of time. But if everything under the sun boils down to 'systems' and 'processes' there is surely no need to go on about something that is implicit and pervasive. It is thus indulgent waffle to describe modern methods of transport, education, health and entertainment as 'systems' and 'processes' because nobody argues otherwise. The 'diplomatic process' is a pleonasm.

But if Nature and human history are the products of 'systems' and 'processes' then the beauty, savagery and consolations of the natural world- along with the murmurations they give rise to- are entirely dependant on us for their meaning, care, and future. Yet in order to uphold this kind of belief it is necessary to keep in mind that all species of life, and especially human beings, are physiological creatures. My dictionary explains that physiology is the branch of biology concerned with "the internal processes of living organisms as distinct from their structural systems".

MKS