Oversimplification


Most things in this life are complicated. Unfortunately, humans have a tendency to want to simplify things. This is a dangerous tendency. Try to avoid it. And be suspicious of others who do it.


Here is an example of simplification:

"...the perils of instant gratification, and how decisions made in haste without complete analysis of the problems are not always in the best interests of society..."

"Not many do stay the distance -- the average stay in the world of showing dogs is probably about five years...

"..it is an awesome responsibility to assume the role of the breeder... newcomers to the world of dogs should be encouraged to work with established breeders whose personal education through the school of hard knocks has led them to an understanding of how their breed's gene pool works...

"These were educators who truly knew their breed and did not depend on dog show successes.. to lead them to the next generation. Such mentors understood that for every "flyer" in the ring there are dogs equally good or better living out their lives as farm or working animals or companions, never to see the show ring...

"The breeding quality of dogs is a long-term commitment and not one to be taken lightly" (Trotter, Patricia V. "Better Breeding: Instant Gratification is a Detriment to the Overall Health of a Breeding Program." AKC Gazette, August 2003, 18-19).


Colby Glass, MLIS