a reply to: Shamrock6
The Oxford Encyclopedic English Dictionary defines "system" as "a complex whole; a set of connected things or parts; an organized body of material
or immaterial things".(1991)
Schools and most workplaces in our society operate as systems. When the word "system" is applied to human service organizations, it is generally
defined as "a method for managing people to produce specific results". The system provides a way to organize people to provide effective,
accountable and quality support. Most, but not all, systems are organized hierarchically, or vertically, with a clearly defined "chain of command".
Information flows from the bottom to the top, and back down again.
A system is sometimes represented visually as a pyramid.
Psychopaths at the top, saints at the bottom.
The alternative is community.
It is difficult to provide a concise definition for community. Most definitions are woefully inadequate to describe both the nature of community, and
what community means to us in our daily lives. It often comes down to a feeling, or a "sense of something" intangible and a bit elusive. John
McKnight defines community as "a social space where citizens turn to solve problems." (Social Policy, summer of 1989) This definition seems to come
closest to capturing a sense of what community is. In a practical sense, some examples of community organizations include clubs, churches,
associations, housing cooperatives and councils.
Sometimes it is easier to describe certain apects of community than it is to define it. For example, in a community, it is assumed that everyone is
equal. People participate voluntarily. Community organizations do not typically rely on rules, regulations or procedures to "manage" or control one
another. If expectations for behaviour have been defined, they are usually generated by the group. People take turns leading, or leadership might be a
shared role, depending on the task. A community leader is not the "boss".
A visual representation of a community might be best shown as a circle or torrus.
In my experience, community only works in small groups.
Therefore, the world will always be run by Psychopaths.