Linda Booth Sweeney


"It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly… We aren't going to have peace on Earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality."

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
American civil rights activist (1929-1968)

Systems Quiz Answers

A bowl of nuts: is a collection. If you remove a nut, the functioning of the bowl of nuts doesn’t change.

A soccer team: is a system.

A pond: is a system. Multiple elements interacting to form a whole.

A library: is a collection. Add people, and it becomes a system.

A family: is a system.

A vacuum cleaner: is a system. Smash the vacuum cleaner with a sledge hammer and you have a pile of parts, but it won’t work. When the parts are arranged in a certain way to form a whole, it works and serves a purpose.

A kitchen: is a collection, until you add a person, then it becomes a system.

This quiz has been adapted from Daniel Kim. Thanks Daniel!

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