[NB] Organism and Spirit

A recent Runesoup opened with a well-known quote from Clay Shirky:

“Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.”

It isn’t just institutions, though. Organisms tend to operate on the same principle. When we talk about ecosystems, part of what makes them systemic is that the constituents of an ecosystem are acting in a way that tends to preserve the system to which they are adapted.

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