Feedback simply means feeding back into the system. A system can be an animal, a company or a nation. A system is something which functions and produces an output. You are a system too. If you produce an output, you get some ‘feed’ back into yourself out of that output. Now as this feedback goes inside you, the system–it changes the future behavior. Based on the type of feedback system’s output would be better or worse.
Learning essentially happens because of feedback. Without a proper mechanism for feedback any system collapses soon. A company, a group of people or a human being, without getting feedback in some way or other from its environment can’t grow. It would collapse very soon.
A robust system is one where feedback mechanisms are efficient. A production company which has products for which it receives no feedback at all can’t continue to cater efficiently for long. Similarly, an individual who receives no feedback for his actions would soon not be able to adapt anymore. All history of life on Earth is a story of its adapting to its environment–it’s what intelligence is. Life source is the intelligence behind cosmos and when you are in touch with it you are intelligent and capable of adapting.
Intelligent organisms help all life and co-evolve with it. In grip of dysfunctional ego, we humans start imagining our distinct place in universe which is against laws of nature because all life is one and connected and everything is an organ of this infinitely complex harmonious totality of existence.
Ego based structures are bound to become dysfunctional because they are not pro-life. They work for alienation and separation. If you isolate yourself you stop to evolve and learn and unhappiness borne out of it is so evident because your organism, your DNA has molecular coding which makes it essentially pro-life and you are trying to work against it, instead of working for it–resistance inevitably leads to friction, pain and suffering.
Humility comes by an understanding of immensity of cosmos and harmony at root of all existence. Humility is a virtue because it makes you an open system which is receiving feedback from environment and getting evolved. A truly original thinker would always be in awe and wonder like a child–because taking sides comes from dysfunctional monkey mind.
In a changing world, living systems of any complexity, to survive for long, always have had to monitor and respond to how their surroundings are reacting to them and to their actions. Thus, all such surviving systems become — and are — susceptible to feedback as behavioral reinforcement, known in psychology as the famous universal natural Law of Effect: You get more of what you reinforce.Even without the clear and cogent findings to the same effect throughout the last century by Maria Montessori, Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Omar K. Moore and Marion Diamond — and even without what was earlier so dramatically demonstrated to us by the Socrates — we are led inescapably toward the Feed-the-Loop model, in whichAll complex systems in a changing world require feedback in order to survive.
References: Feedback-Loop Model
Note: I am indebted to Dr. Win Wenger ; who is a pioneer in the field of education, for allowing me to refer to his articles on Feedback-Loop model. These images also belong to Project Renaissance article. I recommend you to read the original article for a deeper understanding of feedback and how it affects every domain in our lives.