Over the past several decades, one idiom has been ringing loudly in my head as various news unfolds. A few books come to mind as well. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. I keep coming back to this idiom every time I hear of large portions of crops failing, diseasing overtaking giant cattle farms, shipping ports backed up for months, etc... I'm sure you can think of a few as well. The bigger picture came into view with two books. The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell and Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn. The former is a bit obvious with its title. Ishmael discusses where humans took a wrong turn which is agriculture. Now before you throw your arms up in the air, it's not that the whole of agriculture got it wrong. Rather, it's how we executed it. Instead of spreading out things a bit, we have placed the majority of our farming in the hands of a maybe at best a few areas. With only a few or just one location, this allows for the catastrophe of crops with relative ease. Whereas if we were to spread things out a bit, the chances of large-scale failure decrease. The same goes for backed-up shipping ports and on and on. The point is, to be diverse in every facet of what we do as a species makes us stronger in every way.
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