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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: b. Tipping Points

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44173


Tipping points are rapid changes in systems that should not be confused with conceptually imposed discontinuity. Changes in systems take time, which is why attempts to force a conceptual vision without addressing all the conditions backfire. Genuine change in systems requires change in all the sub-systems, but we often fallaciously attribute a change only to its most immediate and evident cause. We adopt discontinuous social conventions and substitute these for gradual processes, or assume total change has occurred when previous conditions still have an influence.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'