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'Prose + Graphics'

a powerful new
language (thanks to
Professor John N.
We illustrate the kind of
graphical model
recommended to enable our minds to make sense of complex systems. The model is
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provided at Illustration 3). Such models are to be read in the direction of the arrows,
substituting the words as shown in the legend alongside, whenever an arrow is
encountered (in this case, the
ae rrow stands for the phrase "should contribute"
Illustration 1:

We add an element to Illustration 1 to create

Illustration 2:
The relationship “contributes to” has the property of transitivity, which, in graphics
may be depicted as:

If ‘A’ ‘B’

AND if ‘B’ ‘C’


where ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ stand for ‘elements’ as in the models shown and ‘ ’
represents the relationship “contributes to”.

Because of transitivity, we can infer as follows in the above model:

“To have a clear picture of our Mission in our minds” should contribute “to accomplish
our Mission”

AND “To use the right tools for this kind of work” should contribute “to have a clear
picture of our Mission in our minds”

Thus we infer: “To use the right tools for this kind of work should contribute to
accomplish our Mission”.

The arrow from the element “To use the right tools for this kind of work” to the
element “to accomplish our Mission” is implicit in the structure!

The structures created may be of any size whatsoever. They can always be developed
exactly as needed, in the depth and to the degree of detail required.

For instance, we shall demonstrate how simple it is to add a few elements to the structure
at illustration 2.

Suppose the further elements as listed below have been found that would help to
accomplish a Mission effectively:

3. To perform all needed activities correctly and in time

4. To understand our weaknesses that might hinder or prevent accomplishment of our
5. To overcome our weaknesses
6. To understand how to use our available strengths most effectively, so as to develop
the further strengths that we need for the Mission
7. To learn how to overcome the barriers and difficulties that we may encounter
8. To ensure that we do not become frustrated with our work
9. To ensure that we work steadily on our Mission each day.

The elements above are added to the structure as displayed at Illustration 3 below (for
which no prose translation is provided as this would be HUGE! However, I am certain
readers would be able to do this prose translation themselves by now):
Illustration 3: (Read bottom upwards, substituting “should contribute” when an arrow is