Limited modern thinking: The source of our problems
Most of us see the world, everything in, on, and around it as part of a complicated system of many parts, all fitting together in a precise, well ordered, mechanical fashion. We think of ourselves as individual cogs in a giant clock like machine. However, humans have not always thought in this way. The ideas for this vision of reality came about in the in the Age of Enlightenment which generated the modern machine age.
The modern machine age represented a great developmental leap for humans. We moved away from depending on myth and magic and began to use reason and the laws of science as our guides for understanding. Unfortunately, this machine/clock metaphor for reality has a severe limitation. A machine may have many parts but each of its parts must be organized or fit together in a very specific pattern. If even one piece is removed or out of place, the machine will fail to operate. In other words, we percieve the world as very complicated. However, reality is not only complicated-because it has many parts, it is also complex- because each of the parts fits together in multiple ways.