The Human O.S. Part 2: No one is an Island...



No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

John Donne, 1624
Meditation 17
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

The number of people I meet who believe in the phrase “self-made” are numerous.

It bogles the mind really. There is no such thing as “self-made” in my mind, there can’t be. No one was born into the world from nothing, raised themselves, made sure they were fed and watered, safe from harm, and then gave themselves their own education, be it in the school of hard knocks or a university. In this fundamental way, we are born in social groups, and rise up thanks to social groups. Sometimes this is a family unit, but more often than not, it isn’t limited to a family unit.

Now let’s talk about success! The genius myth, what a load of codswallop!

Want to get ahead? Coolio, you’ll need backing, connections to the right support, designers, people how know how to manage others, talk to clients, and it is incredibly rare that all of these skills, traits and resources come in a single package.

In this episode of Thought Architecture, I’ll go into the first law of the Human Operating System. A few ideas that exemplify it too. Feel free to add your thoughts and see how well this aligns with your ideas too.

The links below are from the discussion on why human intelligence developed:





The next links and videos are connected to the book Culture Code and some ideas from there:


The following links are miscellaneous and just weaved their way into the discussion