This expression has come to be a mantra in our family. In fact, recently one of my youngsters was snacking on some freshly made cookies and asked me for another…
“After all”, she said, “two is one and one is none!”
Of course, she knew what we really mean when we say that, but her clever use of this common phrase gave me a smile. A real proud father moment! She got the cookie for her efforts and – because I’m a sucker.
The real concept this term represents is about redundancy, and in my view, specifically redundant capability.
What’s the difference?
If you were to buy two cheap kitchen knives that turn out to have the same defective design flaw – congratulations – you’ll soon have two broken defective knives! You’re not in a better place for having two because of the common weakness the knives share. Had you bought two different kitchen knives, your chances of having a working kitchen knife would have been much greater.
TIO&OIN is about much more than having duplicates, it’s about having multiple means to accomplish the same thing, but in different ways and often with different resources.
On a homestead that can look like a lot of things…
- Raising multiple kinds of animals for food.
- Raising multiple varieties of chickens so that their strengths and weaknesses don’t result in any period of lack.
- Raising ducks and chickens for eggs in order to get more consistent eggs supply.
- Keeping more than one generator, and/or more than one fuel source.
- Planting vegetables and fruits in different spots and different plantings.
- Having a backup heat source for your home.
- Having mozzarella and parmesan cheese 😉
The reality is… things go wrong in life. Plan on it! Tailor your life and resources to have multiple, diverse redundancies in place. This mindset, when permitted to permeate your life, adds good things to your life. Imagine adding these concepts to your finances, health, knowledge and more?
Careful though… one area this doesn’t work well is romantic relationships. In that case, the abbreviated cousin expression applies here:
“two is none”.