1 The concept of 'the whirl of catching and being caught' is borrowed from Tim Ingold The Life of Lines (2015, p. 7).
2 Capra, Fritjof & Luisi, Pier, L. (2014). The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision [Kindle version]. Cambridge University Press.
I see the world as a ripplework.
Reality is fluid – a continuous ripplework of matter, energy and information. In this way, we are all ripples, rippling within the ripplework of natural and man-made environments. We are the ripples within close family ripples, and the family ripples are ones of many within the ripples of communities, which in their turn are rippling from a multitude of different centers of energy into societies and out into the entire world. We are affecting one another and are affected by each other on a varied scale between the two poles of conscious
and unconscious participation—rippling across time, enclosing the past and surging forward forever acting
in an endless grand performance of history: The Whirl of Catching and Being Caught1.
Much like seeds, the drops of genetic coding fall into the ripplework—a domain fertile with growth ingredients. Each drop produces a ripple that interacts with the environment and sprouts into new biological life. Other seeds are ideas that, by falling into the ripplework, create new oscillations that give rise to new technological developments, social constructions, or abstract theories that intend to grasp the complexity
of the various aspects of reality.
Each life creates ceaseless ripples.
Nothing goes away but turns into a never-ending pulsation of life.
‘What we do in life ripples in eternity,’ the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius once said.
Vibrating through centuries, these words of Stoic philosophy, settled at the foundation of modern Western ethics promoting the virtues of mind—justice, prudence and honesty—are just the qualities that are now exposed to the perils of the modern-day ripples that make up I-Don't-Care (ID'C) culture.
Ripplework – is a worldview model, where every individual ripple represents natural, social and technological aspects of life. The ripplework takes its roots from Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi's Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision (SVL). This systemic view of the world replaces the traditional clockwork model. In it, every aspect is a part of a larger system, as well as a host system for many smaller ones.
Built on this principle, infinite in all directions, the ripplework model adds movement to the SVL view of life. This implies a continuous 'pulsing,' indicating ongoing remixing of the ripples.
1 Tim Ingold The Life of Lines (2015, p. 7). Routledge
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