The mindset or paradigm out of which the system arises (goals, structure, rules, delays)

The shared idea in the minds of society, unstated assumptions that are unspoken but known by all, make up that society’s paradigm - a set of beliefs about how the world works. For example the assumption that nature is there as a resource for us to use as we wish contrary to the assumption that nature has value in itself and should be honoured. A faulty paradigm will only change when there is a critical mass that agrees on shared goals and rules.

Caption: Pyramid of Menkaure
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