For men are good in but one way, but bad in many

If you are like most of the people I encounter on my site, you came here in search of the right, most efficient and effective way to accomplish something, healing yourself, feeling better about yourself and your life, making money, finding love, or raising your vibration, becoming an Expanding Human Being.

And you, like myself, probably could not tell one system from another, good from bad, effective from ineffective, efficient from inefficient, working or a fraud... we had no criteria by which to judge.

So you, like myself, have been choosing by what we like, what makes sense, what other have liked.

This piece that was missing for me and was missing for you, makes it much easier to choose the right solution, do the things that will produce results.

This new piece is not that new, but it is new to me, and let me guess, it is probably new to you. I found only one youtube video on it... a silly one at that, so I think I am right in my guess.

The new piece of information is called The Anna Karenina Principle, because it was first distinguished as a principle in the long Russian novel (that I read but never paid attention to the sentence at the time) Anna Karenina. It was just one sentence in a 900 page book...

And then again, an astute man, Jared Diamond wrote a whole library of interesting books using it as the frame through which to look at evolution, at society, and society's way to destroy itself.

Because if a principle is true, and this one seems to be tried and true, then you can look at everything through its lens, and see something you can't see without the lens.

Like Alan Turing's, the breaker of the Nazi's Enigma code, the inventor of the computer, theory on morphology on the different stripes and spots on animals... Alan Turing's theory explains much of the miracle that a cell knows what to develop into: an hand, a brain, a heart... Yeah, some theories are true through and through, others don't fare quite as well.

The Anna Karenina principle

The Anna Karenina principle is: good systems must meet simultaneously a number of requirements. All good systems are alike, bad systems are bad in their own way

Tolstoy said: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way

Aristotle said: success/failure: is possible to fail in many ways (for evil belongs to the class of the unlimited, as the Pythagoreans conjectured, and good to that of the limited), while to succeed is possible only in one way (for which reason also one is easy and the other difficult -- to miss the mark easy, to hit it difficult); for these reasons also, then, excess and defect are characteristic of vice, and the mean of virtue;

good/bad: ...For men are good in but one way, but bad in many.

The six criteria for picking a species to domesticate... are humans one of them?

Example: for an animal species to be good for domestication, it needs to fulfill, simultaneously, six criteria. The six criteria that makes a species fail... Just one failure creates a whole failure.

  1. Diet - To be a candidate for domestication, a species must be easy to feed. Finicky eaters make poor candidates. Non-finicky omnivores make the best candidates.
  2. Growth rate - The animal must grow fast enough to be economically feasible. Elephant farmers, for example, would wait perhaps 12 years for their herd to reach adult size.
  3. Problems of captive breeding - The species must breed well in captivity. Species having mating rituals prohibiting breeding in a farm-like environment make poor candidates for domestication. These rituals could include the need for privacy or long, protracted mating chases.
  4. Nasty disposition - Some species are too mean and nasty to be good candidates for domestication. Farmers must not be at risk of life or injury every time they enter the animal pen. The zebra is of special note in the book, as it was recognized by local cultures and Europeans alike as extremely valuable and useful to domesticate, but it proved impossible to tame. Horses in Africa proved to be susceptible to disease and attack by a wide variety of animals, while the very characteristics that made the zebra hardy and survivable in the harsh environment of Africa also made it fiercely independent.
  5. Tendency to panic - Species are genetically predisposed to react to danger in different ways. A species that immediately takes flight is a poor candidate for domestication. A species that freezes, or mingles with the herd for cover in the face of danger, is a good candidate. Deer in North America have proven almost impossible to domesticate and have difficulty breeding in captivity. Horses, however, immediately thrived from the time they were introduced to North America in the 17th century.
  6. Social structure - Species of lone, independent animals make poor candidates. A species that has a strong, well defined social hierarchy is more likely to be domesticated. A species that can imprint on a human as the head of the hierarchy is best. Different social groups must also be tolerant of one another.


  • There are lots of faulty or incomplete healing modalities, but unless all elements necessary for healing, healing doesn't happen, i.e. all successful healings are similar.
  • There are millions of faulty or incomplete theories with regards to the Universe, but each of tem that are accurate are similar
  • There are hundreds of faulty or incomplete theories of how to connect to Source... each of them that work are similar
  • There are countless of faulty or incomplete theories on amassing opulence, but all the ones that work are very similar
  • There are thousands of faulty or incomplete methods to raise your vibration

When I examine a method or modality, I now examine, through empathy, whether the method worked fully for the person who teaches it. You can see many of my assessments in my vibrational reviews...

This article is an excerpt from my upcoming course on achieving financial independence.

Author: Sophie Benshitta Maven

award winning architect, magazine publisher, transformational and spiritual coach and teacher, self declared Avatar

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