It’s easy for us to be reductionists. We’ve been raised in the Newtonian version of the scientific method, wherein the universe is considered to be a huge mechanical clock, each part separate, discrete, and measurable. So we ask in nearly all situations, “What’s the driving force?” Many of us work in U.S. businesses and are seemingly compelled to ask, “What’s the bottom line?” We feel rushed, impatient. As you read the following chapter, however, see if you can be antireductionistic. Instead of boiling it all down to a facile, and therefore potentially more futile, formula, keep allowing your understanding to become more complex and therefore potentially more creative.
“I think I have seen the western mistake. You are very ...