In many cases, people react to the description of these forces by saying "it should be otherwise." For instance, ENTRANCE TRANSITION is based, in part, on the fact that in a city street, people have a mask of street behaivor which needs to be wiped off by a transition, before a person can relax in a private or secluded place.
One person's comment on this pattern was: This fact is bad; people should learn to be the same in the street as they are in private places, so that we can all love one another.
The comment is nice in its intent. But human beings are not so malleable. The street mask is created by us, in spite of our own volition: the fact that it comes into being is a fundamental fact about human nature in urban situtions.
There is little purpose, then, in saying: It would be better if this force did not exist. For if it does exist anyway, designs based on such wishful thinking will fail.
By: Christopher Alexander - Exercept from, "Timeless Way of Building"