Ludwig von Bertalanffy Quote
Can civilizations and cultures be considered as systems? It seems, therefore, that a general theory of systems would be a useful tool providing, on the one hand, models that can be used in, and transferred different fields, and safeguarding, on the other hand, from vague analogies which often have marred the progress in these fields.
p. 34 - General System Theory (1968) - 2. The Meaning of General Systems Theory