How Many Angels LO30449

From: AM de Lange (
Date: 08/07/03

Replying to LO30434 --

Dear Organlearners,

Andrew Campbell < > wrote:

>I was once asked about simplicity and complexity's relation,
>I mean as sides of the same coin - though i'd prefer a globe...
>the idea being suggested is that there may be a grander simplicity
>on the other side of complexity.

Greetings dear Andrew,

I, perhaps, wrote the most on complexity in our list. But, sadly, i have
never stressed the truth which you wrote about above. The more complex a
person's world view becomes, the clearer it becomes to that person which
things to care for. Its like living in a desert. There are so many to
explore. But the need for water is the primary concern. Water, such a
simple thing. Yet, without it death is inevitable. In a desert there is
only one angel and that is water.

>In another place i hardly ever visit anymore, that you'll
>understand...i read an account of a man who found something
>fundamental ;-) in the desert solitude. Reading the account i
>was struck dumb for a number of hours...and i thought how
>strange;-), with seven years wandering in this cyber desert,
>semi desert i should so easily have missed this beautiful both
>scientific and artistic description, this authentic account ;-). Put
>short, and i hope not to injure the man's visions, he said that the
>further he went into the heart of the desert (almost a perfect
>'chaos' in cultural complexity terms) he found his 'being' relation
>incrementally increasing....and as he strode out of the heart of
>the wilderness his 'becoming' aspect grew...

Dear Andrew, i understand perfectly. May i put it otherwise. The desert,
like any other wilderness, is devoid of humankind and its baggage. After a
few days in such a wilderness, a person will experience how that baggage
gets lost, almost as if by purification. I can write a hundred pages in
the complexity of this baggage, but when i have to summarise it with one
word, it is wretched with CONFLICT. Try to live in a desert in conflict
with it and you are a goner.

What a great pity is it not that in our organisations conflict is accepted
as unavoidable. Would it be the same in a learning organisation?

With care and best wishes,


At de Lange <> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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