Self-organizing systems show these principles: energy hierarchy, metabolism, spatial concentration, material cycling, information, and pulsing (Odum, 2007). Self-organizing systems may be considered resilient rather than stable, by reconfiguring themselves to deal with new information. They may have higher energy values, higher assets and storage, patterns of pulsation, and increased complexity and diversity.

“The laws that express the relation between matter and energy [thermodynamic laws], govern the rise and fall of political systems, the freedom or bondage of societies, the movements of commerce and industries, the origin of wealth and poverty, and the general physical welfare of a people.”–Frederick Soddy, ~1926
Mr. Soddy’s Ecological Economy (NYT)

Morpheus-The Matrix- “You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”

I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species, and I realised that humans are not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet . . . develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment; but you humans do not. Instead you multiply, and multiply, until every resource is consumed. The only way for you to survive is to spread to another area.  –Agent Smith in The Matrix