Some Words about Being a Human
Un-academic reflections about a Magician of Life, dedicated to Heinz von Foersterwith gratitude and poetry
I believe that Heinz von Foerster has the same opinion regarding this view as Martin Buber; he responds to the "schizophrenic" attitude about the world of separation with his mischievous-mystical view of connecting man, animal, plant, stone, ... and the entire universe.
Especially because he "celebrates" this life philosophy without any moral attitudes or dogmatism, is he here, is he that close to me, as is hardly anybody else.
In his books, lectures and seminars I encounter a magician, a magician who takes the world into his arms to "dance tango with it"never alone, always together, in dialogue, in mutuality and respect.
With that Heinz von Foerster builds a world that starts with confidence, honesty and affectiona world of partnership. This, in my opinion, is the extraordinary achievement of this wonderful man.
This achievement represents a motivation to me, to follow after it, not in the sense of imitating it, but in the sense of making an own contribution, which I discover little by little, after having listened attentively and gratefully to the other one.
I see Heinz von Foerster as a "pioneer of entirety". May the words of the pioneer's Lord always accompany him:
Surely Heinz has a new plan by now.
With affection and respect.
Management consultant and seeker of the Un-academic
Munich, January 30, 2001