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brooksmoses ([personal profile] brooksmoses) wrote2016-12-11 11:28 pm

On incorrect morals.

For want of a nail, the horseshoe was lost.
For want of a horseshoe, the horse was lost.
For want of a horse, the wagon was lost.
For want of a wagon, the supplies were lost.
For want of supplies, the outpost was lost.
For want of an outpost, the expedition was lost.

This is usually read as a parable about the importance of horseshoe nails.

This is incorrect. This is a parable about the importance of safety factors at all levels of one's supply chain.
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[personal profile] green_knight 2016-12-20 05:18 pm (UTC)(link)
That's a *very* American version of the saying, and not one I've encountered before.

[identity profile] tendyl.livejournal.com 2016-12-12 09:33 am (UTC)(link)
I'd agree with that. You need all (or at least a damned good majority of) the pieces for something to be successful.

[identity profile] johnpalmer.livejournal.com 2016-12-14 02:17 am (UTC)(link)
Yes - or alternatives and contingency plans and so forth.

I've never seen the moral as being about nails, per se - interconnectedness, how tiny changes can multiply, and, yes, importance of sound supply chains.