I am not a thing, a noun, I am a verb, a process

On googleplus today I found this rather nice quote from Buckminster Fuller:

“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing – a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.”
~ R. Buckminster Fuller ~

It was accompanied by this rather charming graphic, illustrating the evolution of life on Earth (so far):


The Escher Cycle tells us that “there are no such things as things or resources — only processes. What we call a resource is actually the output of one process, waiting to become the input to another.”

A business is a process. A customer’s experience is a process. A country is a collection of processes.

And you and I are also processes, as are fish, lizards, and monkeys. We are all processes as we live our lives and grow older together.

Our interactions together are also processes. Some interactions are just a chat. Others form parts of an ongoing sustainable business. (What differentiates the two?)

Some interactions between animals result in one eating another. Some interactions result in new animals being born. And other processes lead to the evolution of completely new animals.

My life, and the way I change and develop over my lifetime, forms a series of Audio Cycles.

The way I interact with others, and form part of the larger evolution of life, forms a series of Escher Cycles.

And other life forms, and organisations, are also part of the same larger process.

We are all evolving individually. And we also interact to form part of a much bigger set of process, aka life, aka the universe.

This is The Escher Cycle.

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