Systems Thinking

The Web of Life: 10 Quotes



“As a net is made up of a series of ties, so everything in this world is connected by a series of ties. If anyone thinks that the mesh of a net is an independent, isolated thing, he is mistaken. It is called a net because it is made up of a series of a interconnected meshes, and each mesh has its place and responsibility in relation to other meshes.” (Gautama Buddha)

“Omnia vivunt, omnia inter se conexa”
“Everything is alive; everything is interconnected.” (Cicero)

“It is thus that in the universe everything is connected; it is itself but an immense chain of causes and effects, which flow without ceasing one from the other.” (Paul-Henri T d’Holbach, “The System of Nature, Or, Laws of the Moral and Physical World”, 1770)

“All Nature is linked together by invisible bonds and every organic creature, however low, however feeble, however dependent, is necessary to the well-being of some other among the myriad forms of life.” (George P Marsh, “From Man and Nature”, 1864)

“Brightness and freshness take possession of the mind when it is crossed by the light of principles, shewing the facts of Nature to be organically connected.” (John Tyndall, “Six Lectures on Light Delivered in America in 1872–1873” 3rd Ed., 1901)

“The hosts of living organisms are not random creatures, they can be classified in battalions and regiments. Neither are they isolated creatures, for every thread of life is inter-twined with others in a complex web.” (John A Thomson, “The System of Animate Nature” Vol. 1, 1920)

“We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are a part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” (Maria Montessori, “To Educate the Human Potential”, 1947)

“All living organisms must feed on continual flows of matter and energy: from their environment to stay alive, and all living organisms continually produce waste. However, an ecosystem generates no net waste, one species’ waste being another species’ food. Thus, matter cycles continually through the web of life.” (Fritjof Capra, “The Hidden Connections”, 2002)

“Nothing exists in the universe that is separate from anything else. Everything is intrinsically connected, irrevocably interdependent, interactive, interwoven into the fabric of all of life.” (Neale D Walsch, “Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue”, 2003)

“In other words, the web of life consists of networks within networks. At each scale, under closer scrutiny, the nodes of the network reveal themselves as smaller networks. We tend to arrange these systems, all nesting within larger systems, in a hierarchical scheme by placing the larger systems above the smaller ones in pyramid fashion. But this is a human projection. In nature there is no ‘above’ or ‘below’, and there are no hierarchies. There are only networks nesting within other networks.” (Fritjof Capra, “The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision”, 2014)

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