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APPENDIX C

The following has been included as an example of how a simple lack of information and knowledge can encourage inappropriate or inaccurate comments which result in completely misleading perceptions. It is given in reference to a committee memberís remark during the site visit that "what this place needs is a bit more order".

 

ORDER OR CHAOS

"Order is found in things working beneficially together. It is not the forced condition of neatness, tidiness and straightness all of which are, in design or energy terms, disordered. True order may lie in apparent confusion; it is the acid test of entropic order to test the system for yield. If it consumes energy beyond product, it is in disorder. If it produces energy to or beyond consumption, it is ordered.

Thus the seemingly-wild and naturally functioning garden of a New Guinea villager is beautifully ordered and in harmony, while the clipped lawns and pruned roses of the pseudo-aristocrat are nature in wild disarray."

From Permaculture: A Designerís Manual. Bill Mollison. pub Tagari 1988

Chap.2.9

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