There is only the Dance

Shiva the Hindu god of destruction is also known as Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance. Like yoga, dance induces trance, ecstasy and the experience of the divine. The most common figures depict a four-armed Nataraja. These multiple arms represent the four cardinal directions. Each hand either holds an object or makes a specific mudra (gesture). The upper right hand holds a hour-glass drum which is a symbol of creation. It is beating the pulse of the universe. The drum also provides the music that accompanies Nataraja’s dance. The opposite hand, the upper left, bears on its palm a tongue … Continue reading There is only the Dance

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About the Good, the Bad and the Nothing

Sometimes You want to do the Good Thing and the result is a Bad Thing. Sometimes You start an Activity with a Good Intention but the Activity runs completely Out of Hand because You were unable to Predict all the effects. Sometimes an Activity starts with a Good Intention and Ends with a Go]]><![CDATA[od Result but much later You discover that you have started a Chain of Activities and the Result of the Chain is Bad. Good and Bad are Context Dependent. Look at this little Story: A Chinese farmer awoke one morning to find a horse grazing in one of his fields. … Continue reading About the Good, the Bad and the Nothing

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About Darwin’s Superorganism

Many people believe that the theor]]><![CDATA[y of Evolution is based on the concept of competition. They believe that every gene, every cell, and every organism is designed to promote its own evolutionary success at the expense of others. The big problem with this concept is that it does not explain the enormous amount of cooperation that is visible in Nature. Atoms cooperate in Molecules. Molecules cooperate in Genes. Genes cooperate in Chromosomes. Chromosomes cooperate in eukaryoticcells. Cells cooperate in Multicellular Organisms. Multi Cellular Organisms cooperate in Humans. Humans cooperate in Families and Tribes and Families and Tribes cooperate in Organizations … Continue reading About Darwin’s Superorganism

About Meta Models

A model of a model is called a meta-model. Meta-models are made to increase the efficiency of the software-development process. You can go on with the creation of models-of-models (a meta-meta-model). If there is nothing to stop you to model the model there is something wrong with the modeling approach. When you are modeling you are compressing data. When you compress data the amount of data is reduced. A compression of a compression amounts to less data so there must be an end to the process of meta-modeling. The counterpart of Compression is Expansion. When you have used a valid … Continue reading About Meta Models

About the Human Measure

A few years ago (2003) somebody asked me to address the Dutch IT Architecture Congress. The subject was the Human Measure. To understand the Human Measure you have understand the relationship between the Human Being and The Human Measure System, The Emotions. At that time I was already highly influenced by Will McWhinney so I used his model of the Four Worldviews to describe the Human. Later I discovered a Fifth Worldview (Consciousness) that was hidden in his teachings. The consciousness is the monitor of the Whole of the Human Being. It reflects about the behavior of the parts and … Continue reading About the Human Measure

About Spirit and Soul

Economic Cycles move Up and Down. We are now in a Down-state, a Recession. To stimulate consumers the Central Banks lower the interest and are pumping a tremendous amount of money into the economy. Pumping money generates inflation and when inflation happens prices start to rise again. What the economist wants to avoid is deflation. When prices rise people will buy goods and invest money. When the prices go up you can make a profit. When prices rise you have to buy the goods on the short term because they will be much more expensive in the future. When consumers believe the … Continue reading About Spirit and Soul

About Celtic Christianity

The tetramorphs are four angelic beings, drawn from Babylonian symbolism in a vision of the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel: “As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle “ The beasts are later described in the Revelation of John: “And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a … Continue reading About Celtic Christianity

What is Happening in the Financial System

The current Foundation of the World Financial System, the US Economy based on the Dollar, is in a Fatal Crisis. The Solution to the Current Crisis, Bailing Out, will finally Speed Up the Crisis. The real problem is moved to the Near Future, to another Level of Society (MiddleClass, the Poor) and to another part of the World. In the End it will fireback on the US itself and deepen the Recession that is already taking place. Money represents a Value of Something. For a very long time money was based on the value of Gold. This foundation failed. The … Continue reading What is Happening in the Financial System

How to Resolve an Infinite Chain of Conflicts

Humans attach much greater weight to future losses than to future gains, especially when the former are certain and immediate and the latter are uncertain. Humans take unwise risks to avoid certain and immediate losses. They don’t want to take risks to pursue gains or will unwisely turn down proposed changes or concessions that offer a mix of gains and losses, even when the promised gains are objectively greater than the losses. To calculate a loss a Human chooses a personal reference point which is usually the individual’s status quo. Human beings reject or devalue whatever is freely available to … Continue reading How to Resolve an Infinite Chain of Conflicts

About Virtue and Wisdom

When you lend somebody something you assume he (or she) will give the item back in due time. To lend you have to Trust somebody. There are many ways to create a trusted relation. When a long term trusted relationship grows out of a long chain of interactions the Iterated Prisoners Dilemma is at stake. The Chinese are the Masters of Playing this Game. In some situations it is very clear that a try-out is not necessary. If we look at the cultures of the Earth we can see that the concept of Family or Tribe more or less guaranties … Continue reading About Virtue and Wisdom