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When nearly everyone has become lost in examining the details on all the barks of all the trees, the one who maps the forest performs a great and thankless task. Furthermore, the one who charts the territory surrounding the forest, he does an even greater and still more thankless task. And furthermore, the one who dares to whisper that there might be insight to be gained from the forest and its surrounding territory—and not from the barks of all the trees—he gets to play the role of today’s pariah (and tomorrow’s savior).
When the problem has become intractable, the way out is to examine the context. Digging deeper into the details only clouds the landscape with dust.
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