How can the whole maintain being greater than the sum of its parts?

“… for it will do you less harm to lose one part of yourself than to have your whole body thrown into hell.”

When I tried to apply systems thinking in my dissertation on viability, I was fascinated by the system definition of “homeostasis”. Borrowed from the biological field, homeostasis pertains to self-regulation processes within a system, such as managing body temperatures when harmful microorganisms enter (hence, fever). In a systems and organizational view, homeostasis happens when activities or initiatives that do not contribute to the system’s purpose are dispensed with or discontinued.

Thus, the imperative for any organization is to ensure that its parts always contribute to its mission, much like how a person aspires to be pure by regulating one’s thoughts and body parts.


Matthew 5:27-32. You shall not commit adultery

[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 161: JUNE 10, 2022]

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