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KORZYBSKI                                    129
her home and the one next door. Pamie wants a garden. Sitting on the porch with her grandfather, she begins to transform what now exists into something she prefers:
"Grandpa, do you like radishes?"
Yes, grandpa likes radishes.
"Grandpa, do you like green onions?"
Yes, grandpa likes green onions too, especially with steak.
"And tomatoes?"
But definitely, grandpa likes tomatoes.
"Why couldn't I have three rows right there, grandpa, for radishes, green onions, and tomatoes?"
Finej grandpa agrees, but what about the rabbits?
"Ill put some wire around the garden!"
Grandpa says, Fine, but first, ask Miss Sh'Ann and see if it's all right to tear up the lawn.
Last week radishes, green onions, and tomatoes were beginning to sprout.
It is as natural as breathing to want something and to dream about how it can be had. Pamie saw those three rows of vegetables with a wire fence to protect them from the rabbits. To her, this was new formsomething to be made, something different. And made it was. Pamie had never heard the big words invariance under transformation, yet she had counted onpredictedthe relatively invariant relation: If seeds . . . then radishes, tomatoes, onions, etc.; yet she had used, first words, then actions, to transform the lawn into a vegetable garden.
Korzybski's definition of the organism-as-a-whole-in-an-environment is similar in structure to that of Murphy's definition of the personality in a field. For both authors,