Chicken little


It seems that the stock market has gotten everybody down, even my new blog-buddy, Alan, is writing about how it’s affecting his family. And I agree, it is bad, but not necessarily in a negative way. It has to do with how we’ve been overcrowding the stock, putting them all in one pen and creating an environment rife with the potential for disease and death. And we compounded the overcrowding problem by again concentrating the product of the stock’s output. Simply put, we ended up with too many eggs in one basket; now many of them are broken and we’re beginning to go hungry.

So how do we best move forward? Well, we need to not only devise a system that doesn’t rely on counting our eggs before they’re hatched, but one that also ensures that when we use those eggs they get distributed to everyone who contributed to their creation.

There are many ways to fry an egg. Recently we’ve been using the over-easy method, which makes for some beautiful eggs, but if the yolk breaks it’s all over. I prefer the omelette method—it takes a little bit of this and a little bit of that and doesn’t rely too much on any one ingredient. It’s considerably messier, but it’s also considerably better in the end: it tastes great and you can feed a lot more people with an omelette.

Bill McKibben recently wrote a cookbook, Deep Economy, describing how to gather and keep our eggs safe in a very different way than we’re doing right now. It relies very little on counting eggs before they’re hatched, which is at the foundation of our current crisis. You should take a gander.


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