System /sis’tim or —tam/ n anything formed of parts synchronized into a regular and connected whole; a set of things or processes considered as a connected whole; an organizing method or principle; (with the, often with cap) society seen as a soulless and monolithic organization thwarting individual effort; a manner of crystallization. [Gr systēma, from sy-, syn- together, and the root of histanai to set]
We need to first start with what we mean by "system" in system busting. Systems are the control programs that construct, control and maintain the organization of their components. In individuals and collections of individuals (human society), these control systems construct and maintain the reality that each of us experiences, as well as the shared reality that we collectively manufacture, largely via the mass media and mass hallucinatory habits.
SystemBusters presents reality systemically because this perspective is an empowering one, allowing us to break down the complexity and enormity of the reality we create/experience into useful (although ultimately unreal) components. This gives us some distance from the reality we are immersed in, thereby affording us the perspective to change that reality. Otherwise, the primary belief and energetic systems which construct our reality are so intimate and overwhelmingly close and familiar that we remain largely unconscious of them, just as fish are unconscious of the water in which they live and breath (unless they learn to fly).
For the sake of clarity, it is useful to classify systems into two categories: external or "objective" systems; and internal or "subjective" systems. These two types are strongly interconnected, with internal systems always underpinning external systems. (Like all classifications, dividing systems into these two categories is artificial, and used merely to help illuminate the art of system busting.)
External systems directly control our collective behavior. They are "out in the world" and generally involve more than one human being. External systems might include social systems, legal systems, governmental systems, money systems, religious systems (not the beliefs themselves but the external collective practice), computer systems, scientific systems, biological systems, media systems, educational systems and the proverbial "the" system.
Internal systems, on the other hand, are the belief systems which underpin these external systems. They are the paradigms and energetic systems that directly define the reality that we personally create/experience — our personal "reality maps". The most insidious of these internal systems is the ego; and the most important work in system busting is always at this level because change here effects our participation in external or collective systems. (This is actually a two way process because participation in external systems encourage corresponding internal systems to develop, but the fulcrum of change invariably lies internally).
Our greatest immunity to the control of external systems is never to internalize them; never to allow controlling internal systems to develop in the first place. If they have been internalized, it is here that we need to focus to begin our journey to freedom. (If an external system has absolutely no internalization then that external system will simply not be an issue for us.) SystemBusters focuses on internal systems because it is here that the potential for true and lasting change lies, and it is here that we can develop immunity to external control systems. And the most important system to bust in this regard is the ego.
Systems can also be divided into open and closed systems. Open systems are systems which are an integral part of a larger system, whereas closed systems are completely self-contained by definition. SystemBusters regards all systems as ultimately open because nothing in this universe can be truly isolated — mind or consciousness always connects everything. Some have argued that the universe or All-That-Is itself is a closed system by definition, but considering that All-That-Is is incomprehensible to us, such philosophical musings are meaningless.