I am currently reading James S A Corey's second book in The Expanse series, Caliban's War. I found the first one brilliant and can't wait to read the rest of the series. Not only am I fan of the sci-fi aspect of a realistic future in our current solar system, but I am in awe of Corey's meticulous details.
Recently the fearless crew of the Rocinante have teamed up with the chief botanist from Ganymede station, Prax. Ganymede for backstory is Jupiters largest moon and in the series is covered in massive bio-domes to grow food for the solar system. However, Ganymede is dying, and Prax informs the crew that Ganymede is in the midst of a cascade.
This term cascade peaked my curiosity, and I found it to be a beautiful description of discussing the interconnectedness of a complex system. Prax was referring to the biodomes as working in a network. All parts of the system ensured that food was grown. However, Prax was referring to a small part of the system failing, which had now started the cascade.
Systems are a part of our life and are defined as a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network. From the solar system the environment to our body and to the social systems, we all operate within. Systems help explain complex differences amongst similar entities and also have a significant impact on the development of humans.
Systems can be complicated and difficult to understand, and when the cascade occurs, it can often leave us in crisis looking for the reason as to what happened. Due to these complexities, it can often be challenging to identify and too regularly do we place blame where it does not belong. In families, this can include blaming the parents, the children, the school, the family friends etc.
Fortunately, human systems are different from machine systems as we don't only react to external stimuli but also internal motivations. Therefore we can act when we start to see parts of a system struggling. Our agency helps us be able to avoid cascades and the death of a system.