THE QUEST FOR A GENERAL SYSTEM THEORY
FOR ANY PARTICULAR PERSPECTIVE
- does it ever exist or has it been there all the time?

Ancient Balance Medicine Education Ctr Ltd

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E C Yan HUANG

Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute

www.EC-Balance.org/R&D

ABSTRACT

Sciences have been developed throughout human history in order to search for a set of basic components and their relationships to one another within a certain field. System thinkers try to find a basic set of components and relationships that can be applied to all fields of science. System thinking enables the view of a big picture in a holistic perspective, so that all components, relationships, and transformations can be clearly understood by the observer.

 In any system, an observer is required in order for analysis occur. In physics, speed and time do not mean anything without the frame of reference of an observer. The frame of reference of the observer determines the perspective of the analysis of the system. An observer can try to analyze a system objectively, however, being objective only means that the analysis is agreeable by a certain population of observers. There will always be a larger population of observers and hence the analysis is always relatively subjective. Objective analysis with either "no perspective" or "all perspective" is impossible, any analysis will instead take on one of an infinite number of possible perspectives.

 In this paper, the properties of a general theory which can be applied in any particular perspective are analyzed. Some of the existing fundamental theories in different fields are investigated; including set theory in mathematics, relativity in physics, differential diagnosis-cure process in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taichi Yin-Yang theory in Taoism, and Five Systems theory in the teaching of Buddha.

Keywords: General System Theory, Taichi Yin-Yang System Theory, Set theory, Relativity, TCM Differential diagnosis-cure process, Traditional Chinese Medicine, the teaching of Buddha, Differentiation, Govt Futures, Environment, Security, Sciences Education, System Thinking in a Virtual World

INTRODUCTION

Holism is about analyzing a problem with all the components and relationships (`statics¨), the change of states, and the rules of change (`dynamics¨) in order to have a full view within a particular perspective or a particular set of perspectives.

(Wong 2007d) presents our research of the general structure of a system according to the theory of Taichi Yin-Yang system theory. The Good and Evil Yin-Yang chart was  employed for the representation of the spectrum of states of a system.

This paper presents our research of the general structure of the other part of a system, the observer, according to the theories in the teaching of Buddha. With these two structures together we have a better picture of a general system theory. A possible solution to the common situation when different observers are involved in a system will also be presented. The rules of further differentiation of systems into subsystems are also presented. However, the rules for integration of different systems into one system and the system dynamics for these structures require further research.

The properties of the general system theory of any particular perspective

In order to search for a general system theory, we need to know what we are searching for, and what properties it should have. It is believed that a GST should have the following properties:

       should be general enough to explain theories in all field of sciences

       could be expressed in a common language in a simple manner so that layman can understand it, but at the same time could be expressed in any other scientific language so that any field of physical, social and biological scientists can make use of it to explain all the phenomenon in their respective fields

       should simply state the facts and have no attitude of right or wrong because that exists only in the perspective of the observer(s)

       should not indicate which perspective is the best or is good all the time

       should not indicate which strategy is the best or is good all the time

       should indicates that every perspective has good (balanced) and bad (Deficient of Essence good and the Excess of Toxin evil.

        a general theory that will include all observer does not exists

       should answer the following questions: how do we know we have the big picture? how can we know that we have taken everything into consideration? how many components should we consider? how do we know that we did not miss something?

However, the difficulties are:

       in quantum physics there is an uncertainty principle, it is not because the observer has done something wrong, it is because the very act of analysis make the whole process subjective in some way. The very act of observation or analysis already change the behavior of the system we analyze.

       one can only imagine anothers' perspective or the object's perspective, not until others or the object become the observer itself will one know if a particular perspective is the same perspective for others.

       how to be objective? how big is the population of the observers? If it is not the whole population of the universe, it is still subjective relative to the population. That is, being subjective and objective is still within the scope of relativity.

       there is no universal perspective, there is a perspective for every one observer, a common perspective for a larger population of observers can be found but there will never be "the perspective for all", there will only be a common structure and process for any particular one perspective, and there is no right or wrong for the common structure and process.

       Having "no perspective" is by definition "a perspective". Therefore from "no perspective" to "all perspective" is the spectrum of perspective, as found in duality theory. The ultimate truth is not "no perspective" and not "all perspective", which comes back to the theory of paradox of all ancient great thinkers like Buddha in Vipassana, Laozi (Lao Tse) in Taoism, Plato in Platonism. Fortunately, the technique of how to experience the ultimate truth is both logical and practical, with clear instructions for us to perform experiments, and even with safety pre-cautions (Goenka 1987a) (Goenka 1987b).

       Our research shows that such a theory exists not because of the truth of the universe, but actually become of the properties of the observer, it is the way on how observer "see" and analyse this universe, namely differentiation.

THE STRUCTURE OF A GENERAL SYSTEM

System theory is believed to contains two components: System and Observer. The basic structure and basic dynamics of the system component are discussed in (Wong 2007d), which is summarized in Table 1, Fig 1 and Fig 2.

Table.1 The summary of the formation of the Taichi Yin-Yang system theory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOID,
0. Wu Chi


Reluctant representation of

VOID,
0. Wu Chi

 


Power of differentiation,
boundaries,
1. Taichi from Wu Chi


components, relationships,
2. Yin-Yang
Interior-Exterior


Ideal system state,
3. Balanced state with the enviroment


4. Deficient of essence (Good)


5.
Excess of toxin (Evil)


6.
Deficient + Excess






perspective,
dimension,
7. Taichi within Taichi
balanced state
within the system


HOT system

COLD system

8. states


Cool down strategy

Heat up strategy,

influence,
9. Regulation


one perspective
and desired state,
Frame of reference
and point of origin,
10. Taichi Yin-Yang system with the balanced state of bar-chart representation

11. states spectrum of COLD-HOT Deficient-Excess


 

12. strategies spectrum of
Cool down- Heat up
Nourish-Deficient



13. Infinite number of perspectives,
Infinite number of  dimension,
most objective?


14. No perspective
no analysis
most objective?

 

 

 

 

VOID
15. Wu Chi
no system
most objective?

Note that mathematically, the definition of a system is already the first perspective, forming the Deficient-Excess state spectrum, and the Nourish-Dissipate influence spectrum. The perspective within the system should be considered as the second perspective, forming the Cold-Hot state spectrum, and the Cool down-Heat up influence spectrum. The Cold-Hot Deficient-Excess state spectrum and the Cool down-Heat up Nourish-Dissipate influence spectrum in  (WONG 2007d) is actually the combination of the two perspectives expressed as a combo bar chart called the Good n Evil Yin-Yang chart.

Fig.1 The state spectrum in the Taichi Yin-Yang system theory.

Fig.2 The influence sperturm in the Taichi Yin-Yang system theory.

Fig 3. The Good n Evil Yin-Yang Chart representation of
a system with a particular perspective.

Extending from the one perspective analysis in (WONG 2007d), the combination of two perspectives of a system (three perspectives in total) is employed in this paper for the analysis of observers on system theory.

The idea of Superficial was graphically illustrated in (Wong 2008h), it could be considered as the interface between a system (interior) and its environment (exterior). Future research would extend this system view to represent the relationship between three levels in system theory, e.g. level N being the superficial of the interior level N-1, and level N+1 being exterior.  It could be more similar to the system or more similar to the environment, thus introducing a third level of logic as illustrated in Fig 4. It is believed to be the ancient theory on fuzzy logic.

Fig. 4 The Interior-Superficial-Exterior system structure, the rise of fuzzy logic in ancient system theory.

Note that in Traditional Chinese Medicine (HuangDi 206BC) (Wong 2005) (Wong 2006), five of these Superficial-Interior Good n Evil Yin-Yang charts are employed for the analysis of the five sub-systems of human body.

THE STRUCTURE OF A GENERAL OBSERVER

Observers can be analyzed as a system by other observers, therefore the methodology for applying the Taichi Yin-Yang system theory in (Wong 2007d) can be employed again for the analysis of observers as well as systems. Note that sometimes it is very hard to have a clear boundary between observers and decision makers. Both of them have the power to choose how to act and the reason of why to act. The act of an observer by choosing a system to observe and choosing a particular perspective to analyze a system is also a decision making process. Hence they could be classified with the following perspectives shown in Table 2

 

 

Table 2

Observers' ability in system theory
(Taichi)

reason of why to act
(Yin supports)

power of how to act
(Yang operates)


Observer
(Yin supports)

awareness
(consciousness, cognitio
n* R)

perspective
(perception*, recognition
)



Decision maker
(Yang operates)

Desire to achieve the idel balance state from current state
according to
preferences, prejudices, ignorance and wisdom
(sensation*
causing desire)

strategy
(reaction*
; mental conditioning)

*These four characters together with the physical body system () is said to be the five aggregates of human in the teaching of Buddha (Buddha 500BC a), (Buddha 500BC b) (Goenka 1987a) (Goenka 1987b).

It should be noted that this paper is about the analysis of a general system theory, and hence it should recursively fall into the pattern of the same general system theory. It is similar to the situation that a computer programming language should be able to be used for writing a compiler for the programming language itself.

The above illustration is called a "table" and is a common format of illustration of ideas nowadays, however, it is actually composed of two perspectives, or two Taichi Yin-Yang systems, or two dimensions. This could be considered as the formation of hierarchy with emerging power (Taichi) as illustrated in Table 3 to 5.

Table 3. The Taichi Yin-Yang system structure of observer

Yin
Component supports:
Observation
_  _

Tai Chi: Differentiation,
System definition:

The ability of observers in system theory

Yang
Component operates:
Action
___

Table 4. The next level of hierarchy according to Taichi Yin-Yang system theory:

Yin
supports:
Observe
_  _

Tai Chi:  Observation

Yang
operates:
make decision
___

Yin
supports:
reason of why
_  _

Tai Chi:
Action

Yang
operates:
power of how
___

 

Table 5. The interaction of two Taichi Yin-Yang systems at the same level of hierarchy:

Sufficient Yin
(greater Yin*)
湊?
2nd level-> _ _
 1st  level->  _ _

Minor Yang
(lesser Yang*)
富?
___
_ _

Minor Yin
(lesser Yin*)

富?
_ _
___

Sufficient Yang
(greater Yang*)
湊?
___
___

awareness(consciousness, cognition)

perspective (perception, recognition)

Desire according to preferences, prejudices, ignorance and wisdom(sensation causing desire)

strategy (reaction; mental conditioning)

* World Health Organization standard terminologies in traditional medicine

Observers are usually regarded as the ones who analyze the system. However all humans that are capable to observe should be regarded as observers, especially in the application to social systems. The observer's perspective defines the ideal state of a system. Decision makers identify the current state of a system and compare it with the ideal state which produces desires to implement strategies.

 The first group of observers identify the problem and setup the boundary of a system. With a particular perspective, the group of observers may have a common ideal balanced system state, or may have different ideal balanced system states. With a common ideal balanced system state, the observers and decision makers will implement strategies to maintain the state (resilience) due to turbulence caused by the influences from the environment of the system. In the case of observers having different ideal balanced system states, the observers and decision makers (governing body) have to determine a common tolerable ideal balanced system state. Note that decision makers could be observers at the same time.

One common perspective to classify observers could be described by the basic characteristics of preference, prejudice, and no comments. Employing the classification of Taichi Yin-Yang system theory, observers could be classified into the deterministic (Yang operates) and the whatever (Ying supports). Deterministic could be further classified into For (like, preference, craving, Yin) and Against (dislike, prejudice, aversion, Yang). Whatever could be further classified into Ignorance (Ying) who follows the Deterministic, and the Wisdom (Yang) who only cares about the harmony of all observers. This can be illustrated using the Taichi Yin-Yang system structure as in Table 6.

 

Table 6. The characteristics of the desire of observers

Yin
Component supports:
Whatever type

Tai Chi: Differentiation
System definition:

The characteristics of the desire of observers

Yang
Component operates:
Deterministic type

Yin
supports:
ignorance

Tai Chi:  Whatever type

Yang
operates:
wisdom

Yin
supports:
like, for,  preference

Tai Chi:
Determi
-
nistic

Yang
operates:
dislike, against, prejudice

Each type of observers has their own characteristics and is shown in Table 7.

Table 7 The characteristics  of each type of observers

Yin
Component supports:
Why to Act

Tai Chi: Differentiation
System definition:
Observers'
Mental Contents

Yang
Component operates:
How to Act

Whatever with wisdom
the understanding of the three characteristics of phenomena of this universe:
1. impermanence

2. egolessness
3. suffering

Good
Proper methods
that will purify our minds and be liberated


four qualities of a pure mind
selfless love

compassion
sympathetic joy
equanimity

peace and harmony of all observers

Whatever with ignorance
physical sloth and mental torpor

agitation and worry
doubt, uncertainty

Evil
Improper methods
that will poison our mind and keep suffering

conditional love
coldness
selfishness
agitation
sloth

like (craving)
pleasant sensations:
 preference, ego, pride

dislike (aversion)
unpleasant sensations: prejudice, humiliation

 


thought: greed, lust, gluttony, hatred, ill will, animosity, wrath, pride, envy
speech: deceive , curse, gossip
action: kill, steal, rape,

Most observers are a combination of these four types and the size of each of the components determine the individuality of observers.

Deterministic observers are usually leaders because they have a strong opinion with passion of like or dislike on a system. Whatever ignorance observers usually follows them. Whatever wisdom observers always have compassion for the other three kind of observers. They reckon that all of them are suffering in their whole lives because their unlimited desires. These wise people left techniques of how to come out of suffering and these techniques are analyzed in (Wong 2008d) using ancient and modern system theories.

(Wong 2007d) illustrated that any system has a spectrum (continuum) of possible states with any particular perspective. Each observer has a preference on the spectrum of states to be used as their ideal state. However, in order to achieve their respective ideal state, they may hide their real agenda and show a false agenda to the public. These characteristics of observers actually caused many methodologies and strategies in system theory to fail in practical situations. The exterior-superficial-interior extension of Taichi Yin-Yang system theory in (Wong 2008h) is employed to illustrate these characteristics as in Table 8.

  Table 8. The open agenda and hidden agenda of an observer

environment of observer
 Exterior

open agenda of
why to act
(consciously or subconsciously)

Superficial:
interface with the environment:

the open agenda of an observer

how to act publicly
(consciously or subconsciously)

Yin
Component supports:
why to act
Deterministic: like, dislike,
Whatever: ignorance, wisdom

Tai Chi: Differentiation
System definition:
Observers' perspective

Yang
Component operates:
how to act
analyze, opinion, actions


hidden agenda of
why to act
(consciously or subconsciously)

Interior:

the hidden agenda of the action of  an observer


 how to act secretly
(consciously or subconsciously)

(The Taichi Yin-Yang system simple Exterior-Superficial-Interior component structure)

 

 

An example of a typical observer is shown in Table 9.

Table 9. Example of a typical observer:

 

open agenda of
why to act:
wisdom

Superficial:
interface with the environment:

the open agenda of an observer

how to act publicly:
determine strategies to maintain harmony of all observers

Yin
Component supports:
why to act

Tai Chi: Differentiation
System definition:
perspective of one possible Observer (government official)

Yang
Component operates:
how to act


hidden agenda of
why to act:
the like of the power to control

Interior:

the hidden agenda of the action of  an observer


 how to act secretly:
strengthen the power of control among observers

(The Taichi Yin-Yang system simple Exterior-Superficial-Interior component structure)

All the above structures of observers are derived from the Taichi Yin-Yang theory and Set theory in mathematics (Wong 2007d). It is believed that any other structure is a subset of this particular structure. This structure exists because of the way observers see the world: differentiation (Buddha 500BC a) (Buddha 500BC b) (Goenka 1987a) (Goenka 1987b).

Observers

l         see an object by differentiating it from the background view,

l         hear a sound by differentiating it from the background noise,

l         taste a flavor by differentiating it from the background flavor in the mouth,

l         smell a fragrance by differentiating it from the background fragrance in the nose,

l         feel a touch by differentiating it from the background sensation in the body,

l         remember a thought by differentiating it from the background thoughts in the memory.

Therefore any system theory that is a subset of the proposed complete theory would be an incomplete system theory. On the other hand, even if there may exist a more complete theory in which the proposed complete theory is just a subset of it, such a theory will not be describable because it is beyond the ability of the observers to be aware of it. All human languages are invented by observers and hence are based on differentiation. Therefore. no human language is possible to describe what it is like beyond differentiation. In the teaching of Buddha and other ancient texts in different cultures, they can only describe the "world" beyond differentiation as nothing like our world and hence is not thinkable nor discussable (音辛房h) (Buddha 500BC a)(Buddha 500BC b) (Goenka 1987a) (Goenka 1987b) (Laozi 590BC) (Wong 2008d).

When the structure of observers (decision makers) combines with the structure of the system it could be considered as a complex interaction of two systems. However, it is believed that the solution to the problem of complexity should be the idea of simplicity.

EXAMPLE: HALF FILLED or HALF EMPTY?

Example 1: Half filled or half empty? The analysis of a oil storage-usage system.

Observer's awareness causes system definition: a jar of oil and the environment

Observer's perspective defines the ideal state of the jar of oil.

The current state: the oil level inside the jar is half the height of the jar. The jar system (Taichi) = {the level of space, the level of oil} {Yin, Yang}

Observers compare the difference between the current and their respective ideal system states and may have the following desires:

1.         Half-filled already, could reduce: optimistic, only the yang (content) is considered.

2.         Half-empty already, should raise: pessimistic, only the yin (space) is considered.

3.        Half-filled and half-empty, could reduce or raise: realistic and objective with wisdom, both yin and yang are considered.

4.         Looks like half filled but also looks like half empty: agitation with ignorance, disturbed by the fact that there exists both yin and yang in the world.

Decision makers implement the followings strategies:

A.        use up the half filled oil for cooking dinner

B.        fill up the half empty oil for furture use

C.        maintain or change the half filled oil for the harmony of others

D.        all options have advantages, but they also have disadvantages, what should we do?  Maybe follow one option first, but can change later.

In the above example, which observer is correct? Which decision maker has the proper strategy? It all depends on the desire of the observers and decision makers. A general system theory only points out the structure and properties of a system, and that of an observer and that of a decision maker. Only all the possibilities (spectrums) of every perspective are included in the theory. There is no right or wrong, not good or bad. Objective and Subjective is a spectrum only. It may seem that the third observer is very objective. However, if the shape of the jar is not perfectly symmetrical from the top to bottom, the volume of the lower half of the jar maybe larger then the upper half. That is, the jar maybe 60% full already. Moreover, some other observers may want to analyze the system with more perspectives. For example, the current state of the system maybe as follows:

 

Example 2: Current system state of a system with a combination of perspectives of another group of observers, i.e. a multi-dimension system analysis:

l         a sealed glass jar of the capacity of 1L in traditional Indian style with the wording "Stories of Vipassana"  engraved on the outside,

l         containing 80% of 99% pure high-grade grape seed oil produced in Margrat river in Perth, Australia in year 2007,

l         with internal pressure of 1psi and temperature 40 degree C

Perspectives involved:

l         level of interaction with the environment: sealed

l         size: 1L

l         style: traditional Indian

l         labeling: simply has the wording "Stories of Vipassana"  engraved on the outside

l         quantity of content: 80%

l         quality of content: 99% pure high-grade grape seed oil

l         popularity: produced in Margrat river in Perth, Australia in year 2007

l         physical environment within the jar: internal pressure of 1psi and T 40 degree C, 1L

It could be seen that being objective in the population of observers in the first example is not objective at all among the population of the observers in the second example, even though each one of the perspectives in the second example could be measured objectively in physics. Therefore, objectivity depends on the population of observers.  

BEHAVIOR: HOW TO DETERMINE THE CURRENT STATE OF A SYSTEM

A general state identification process from the behavior of the system, according to a particular perspective of a particular set of perspectives, will be illustrated in (Wong TBPa).

Note that the behavior of the system in the first example may simply be the level of the oil and space. However, as pointed out earlier, analysis with system theory should include observers. Therefore the satisfaction of the observers and hence their level of happiness should also be considered.

INFLUENCE

Influences are the cause of the changes of system states. They can be classified according to the Taichi Yin-Yang system theory with two perspectives as in Table 10.

Table 10. The influence towards a system.

Influence (Taichi) towards a system
= {causes, desires}

not desired (Yin)
(entropy increase with impermanence)

Desired (Yang)
(entropy decrease with maintenance, regulation and control, i.e. Taichi)



Natural factors (Yin)

environment / atmosphere* influences
(non-necessity)

Necessity
(requirement of essence from the environment in order to maintain the integrity of the system e.g. food*)



Artificial strategies (Yang)

memory feedback triggered by new information, uncontrolled residue effect of some old strategies (a past mental reaction*)

present desired action, new strategies (a present mental reaction*)

* these are considered as the four causes for the arising of matter in the teaching of Buddha (Goenka 1987a) (Goenka 1987b)

Some of the rules of change of a system in ancient theories are:

l         the environment becomes part of the system, or the system becomes part of the environment

l         input or output between the system and the environment

l         interaction of the interior, the superficial (interface), and the exterior

l         the appearance of change are the flows going in and out of boundaries

l         the flows can be regulated or controlled

l         what flows? energy? matter? information? the power? consciousness?

Different kind of strategies are illustrated in ancient Chinese texts:

l         Golden rule of regulation  (Wong 2005) (Wong TBPa)

l         Sun Tzu's The Art of War (Sun Tze 600BC)

l         Thirty-Six Stratagems of Ancient China (Unknown)

l         I-Ching (FuXi Shi 1122 BC)

l         Taichi pushing hands exercise (Zhang 1200) (Wang 1300) (Wong TBPc) (Wong TBPd)

The Taichi exercise therapy is benificial to the physical and mental health of human (Wong TBPc). And the Taichi pushing hands exercise is about the implementation of a strategy to a system, which is the other essence of  the exercise. The technique is to maintain the point of interaction (same system) but never involve in a direct conflict (on the opposite sides of the same perspective). Instead, another force in a different direction (different perspective) on the same point of interaction (system) should be implemented (Zhang 1200) (Wang 1300) (Wong TBPc) (Wong TBPd).

Decision makers implement strategies to influence a system so that it behaves as they desire. However, all actions performed according to any strategy are also an act of differentiation. Otherwise observers cannot be aware of them because observers aware through differentiation. The general influence spectrum of a Taichi Yin-Yang system in (Wong 2007d) is illustrated in Table 11.

Table 11. The Cold-Hot Nourish-Dissipate Influence Spectrum

environment of system

 


Tai Chi: Differentiation
system definition:
Influence

 

COLD influence
cool down the HOT system

Do nothing
when Balanced

HOT influence
heat up the COLD system

Yang Raising influence for Yang Deficient system

Yin Yang Raising
when both are in Deficient

Yin Raising influence for Yin Deficient Ssytem

Yin Reducing influence for Yin Excess system

Yin Yang Reducing
when both are in Excess

Yang Reducing influence for Yang Excess system

(The Cold-Hot Nourish-Dissipate Influence Spectrum)

The process of the application of strategies to a social system:

1.         identify the system, e.g. Public smoking areas

2.         identify the set of different perspectives in a population of observers

3.         understand that observers can be classified into the four categories of like, dislike, ignorance and wisdom

4.         identify the observers' open agenda on the preferred states on the state spectrum, but expect the observers' hidden agenda to come out anytime (the identification of the hidden agenda is an art of war and will be illustrated in (Wong TBPd))

5.         decision makers decide on the states that will allow different observers to live in harmony within the system (also harmony between decision makers)

6.         decision makers choose the proper strategy from the strategy spectrum according to the current state (turbulence) and the agreed balance state (resilience)

7.         expect that the group of like (for) and dislike (against) observers will always arise with any state or any strategy, and the ignorance group of observers usually follows one of these two groups of observers

Post strategy stage:

8.         Once the strategy is implemented, the state of the system changes, and the memory of the observers changes. Their open agenda and hidden agenda may change and then they may have new preferences, opinions, and actions. That is, they are adaptive systems with memory feedback.

9.         Decision makers would wait until a new crisis level is reached before repeating the above process.

10.       Decision makers themselves could have hidden agenda as well.

CONCLUSION

It is believed that no single strategy is good for all systems in all times. Observers change, systems change, and the environment changes. Hence, system states change, ideal states change, and even the definition of the systems change. New strategies are required from the strategy spectrum to reduce the difference between the current state and the newly agreed ideal balanced state.

This is a never ending story. Observers keep changing their desires, hence changing their like and dislikes. The current states of systems are always different from their respective desired ideal states. Observers always have different desired ideal states.

Currently the environment system and financial system are under crisis and changes will affect all observers causing social changes. Humans do not like social changes, not because they do not like changes. Humans change fashions, mobile phones, computers, house, cars, or even lovers. They need changes to stimulate all six senses to feel sensations and hence happiness. Humans just do not like changes that do not match their direction of desires.

The proposed general system theory is believed to be universal and could be used to understand the nature of systems and observers. Only by taking into consideration the nature of both of them at the same time can a proper strategy be selected for the current state of the system, observer and environment. There will be future problems, conflicts, and suffering and new strategies are required to maintain our happiness and harmony. As long as the characteristics of the observers remain the same, the characteristics of systems will remain the same as well. Perhaps the enlightened persons throughout human history are correct; the most important task of our life is not to formulate strategies that may keep us happy only temporarily.. This is the reason why the enlightened ones discarded the knowledge that they had come to know. They only concentrated on formulating the strategies that will eliminate the bug in the characteristics of observers: differentiation. It is interesting that such strategies are all very similar. They all have morality, concentration, and wisdom (equanimity, as it is, acceptance,  contentment, forgiveness) and generate selfless love, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity (Buddha 500BCa)  (Buddha 500BCb) (Goenka 1987a) (Goenka 1987b) (Wong 2008d).

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Wang Tsung-yueh 藍忱埓 (Wang Zongyue) (1300). Salt Shop Manual }糾V containing the T'ai Chi Ch'uan Treatise (T'ai Chi Ch'uan Lun 湊O鉢?).

Wong, T.S.L., and others. (2005). Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet - the food dictionary 嶄t奮?忖灸, ISBN 978-988-985-865-0, Ancient Balance Medicine Education Center, Hong Kong.

Wong, T.S.L., and others (2006). The treatment of modern flu in Hong Kong with ephedra related classical Traditional Chinese Medicine formulae 醍S??圭壓禪柆?F旗送湖議厘?. 2006 (Hong Kong) International conference of TCM healthcare and treatment on respiratory disease 2006()H嶄t契嵶送湖Wg住送寄 柵簾狼y鴫押Wg冩?, Hong Kong Chinese Medical Journal 1(2):34-37, Hong Kong.

Wong, T.S.L., Dr PAVLIKA V, and Huang E C. (2007d). A Methodology for the Integration of Ancient and Modern System Theories --the portal for the 2000yrs old Taichi Yin-Yang System Theory. ISSS 2008 ISSS 51nd annual meething. http://journals.isss.org/index.php/proceedings52nd/article/viewFile/1076/320, http://www.ec-balance.org/edu/ISSS2007-Paper%20Methodology%20ancient%20modern.htm

Wong, T.S.L., and Huang E C. (2008d). The System and Control Theory in the Vipassana Meditation of the Noble Eightfold Path as taught by Buddha -understanding meditation with the Taichi Yin-Yang system in modern terminologies. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the ISSS, http://journals.isss.org/index.php/proceedings52nd/article/viewFile/1076/320.

Wong, T.S.L., and Huang E C. (2008h). Living with the environment, not against the environment - the ancient chinese system theory on sustainability. UKSS 12th International Conference: Building Resilience: Responding to a Turblent World, Oxford, England,

Wong, T.S.L., and others. (TBP a). Over-control vs regulation in Traditional Chinese Medicine Differential Diagnosis-Cure process C the aim of control, the aim of life. To be published.

Wong, T.S.L., and others. (TBP c). Traditional Chinese Medicine Exercise Therapy C the Taichi Fully Open & Close exercise, Ancient Balance Medicine Education Center, Hong Kong.

Wong, T.S.L., and Huang E C. (TBP d).The application of Taichi pushing hand\s strategies on systemic management of organizations C keep the contact, avoid the conflict. To be published.

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