In our own time, the production of environment has gone out of the hands of people who use the environment. So, one of the efforts of the pattern language was not merely to try and identify structural features which would make the environment positive or nurturing, but also to do it in a fashion which could be in everybody's hands, so that the whole thing would effectively then generate itself.
The industrial nursery trade is not necessary to human life and livelihood; it amasses wealth only for a few. This trade extends what some colleagues and I have called the “Plantationocene,” the ecological disaster that emerges from confusing the plantation form and the world. Plantations are ecological simplifications involving extreme discipline of both plants and human labor. They confuse sheer numbers and wellbeing; lots of copies of a plant can be created, but without any of the ecosystem effects we gain from ecologies such as woodlands. Plantations are breeding grounds for pests and pathogens, which thrive on plantation conditions and escape from plantations to threaten surrounding communities. The industrial nursery trade draws from, encourages, and offers its own plantations—not only in growing sheds but in the containers that ship plants. Spreading terror into the plant world, the industrial nursery trade asks us to confuse the wonder of plants with a few corporate bank accounts. As a species, we can do better.
The tragedy of the cybernetic revolution, which had two phases, the computer science side and the systems theory side, has been the neglect of the systems theory side of it. We chose marketable gadgets in preference to a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
How do you know that you know what you know? When I think about the excitement of those early years of the cybernetic conferences, there have been several losses. One is that the explosion of devices and manufacturing and the huge economic effect of computer technology has overshadowed the epistemological curiosity on which it was built, of how we know what we know, and how that affects decision making.
Mary Catherine Bateson (https://www.edge.org/conversation/mary_catherine_bateson-how-to-be-a-systems-thinker)