Berlin November the 10th, 1989, what Pink Floyd couldn’t do ten years earlier, human rights activist and best cello player on the planet Mstislav Rostropovich did. He sat down on his folding chair playing Bach suites while sledgehammers and chisels took down the Wall. Watching the news come in, there was no doubt in my mind:

‘This man played down the Wall!’

A wave of relief rippled across Europe, and the rest of the World. All cold war tensions blown away by this unifying force. And then we get into trouble again. Gregory Bateson, brilliant systems thinker, probably said it best:

‘The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think’.

We are indeed very good at breaking things down to its smallest part by separating, and Nature is very good in connecting things, in unifying. In fact, Nature starts from wholeness, relating to its parts and we humans insist (get lost) in trying to do it the other way around.

So my proposition is:

‘if we can think the way nature works, it may work out pretty well for all of us’.

So, let’s play down some walls!

Peace, Frank Heckman


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