Thursday, May 31, 2007

On Pyramid Schemes

The reading today is from the gospel of John Gall, "Systemantics - The underground text of systems lore - How systems really work and how they fail." page 79


On the edge of the desert, a few miles south of the Great Pyramids of Egypt, stands a ruined tower of masonry some two hundred feet high, surrounded by great mounds of rubble. It is the remains of a gigantic Pyramid. It' ruined state has variously been attributed to time, weather, earthquake or vandalism, despite the obvious fact that none of thee factors has been able to affect the other Great Pyramids to the same degree.

Only in our own time has the correct solution to this enigma been advanced. In conformity with basic Systems Principles ... the answer was provided by an outsider, a physicist unaware that there was nay problem,who, after a vacation in Egypt, realized that the Pyramid of Snofru had fallen down. ... It is clear that the thing was almost complete when it fell.

... Unknown to Snofru, [his] achievement hung by a thread. It was at the limit of stability for such a structure. Snofru, in expanding the scale, unwittingly exceeded the engineering limits. It fell down.

Example 2. The pyramid of Cheops.

Cheops, son of Snofru, vowed not to make the same mistake. With great care he constructed his pyramid of finely dressed limestone blocks, carefully arranged to distribute the stresses. His pyramid did not fall down, nor did those of his immediate successors, which were built in the same way. But the Egyptian State, subjected to unbearable stresses by the building of those monsters of pride, collapsed into anarchy. Egypt fell down.
Thus ends the reading for today.
Let us pray.

further reading -
Failure is our most taboo subject

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