Nature Functions in WholesThis was the final key insight that Allan Savory identified in his long struggle to understand how to manage the complexity of nature, and in many ways it pulls the story together. The basic principle is that you cannot manage nature by its parts. You cannot manage plants in isolation from the soil they grow in, or from the animals that graze them. You cannot manage one paddock on your property and ignore the rest. You cannot look after your self and ignore others.
There are two key concepts here:
This image may help to show the interactions. Consider the centre sphere to be 'you'. You look out to the many wholes of which you are a part, knowing that many of them interact with each other, as well as with you. Not shown are the myriad smaller wholes that make you up, from entire organs right down to the cellular level.
- You look outwards from your whole self to the greater wholes of which you are a part; and
- You look inwards to the smaller wholes that make you up i.e. that are a part of you.
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