People, software, and organizations often grow in this way: they accumulate without assimilating, and aggregate without integrating. As a result, they tend to be disconnected and fragmented and without a real focus or direction. In all three cases, it's amazing how functional they can be considering the shape they are in.
Perhaps this is the different between innovative young companies and the well-worn thinking paths of large ones, between young turks and hold functionaries, between greenfield software and legacy.
If so, then can we renew our creativity, youth, vigor, and clarity by ordering and integrating ourselves?
I would like to believe it is so. The idea, alas, is too grand for me. It's out here now, and maybe it will spark something more easily grasped and leveraged.