The first time I came across the term pathological system I had to look up what it means. The definition I found was similar to this: pathological system: exhibits extreme, abnormal, or self-destructive behaviors Second time I came across it was in Bryan Cantrill’s
This reminds me of the book I'm currently reading: "Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension" by Samuel Arbesman. In it, he describes two ways of thinking about systems: biology and physics. A physicist attempts to create a model of the world, boiling everything down to a series of abstractions that have a mathematical and known series of interactions. A biologist makes careful observations about the actual world around them, taking detailed notes about the interactions and behaviors they see to better understand the system as a whole. It sounds like you ventured into the biologist mindset to better understand and improve this pathological system. Thanks for sharing.