Blindly copying success doesn’t equal success

My mother-in-law is a good, kind-hearted woman. But like so many people she often copies things from people she respects without understanding what she is copying.

The following is a true story: the tale of my mother-in-law and the 2 liter bottles.

My mother-in-law used to bury these sealed 2 liter bottles full of water around the perimeter of the house in the Philippines. Finally one day I asked her why. “To stop the cats from pooing in the yard” she said. (Stray cats are a BIG problem in the Philippines, like rats in 18th century London).

She got the idea from her well-to-do neighbors, who in turn got it from the Japanese.

The thing is: the idea never actually worked for anyone, although many, otherwise smart, people believed it did.

Nothing beats doing your own research

  • If she had understood the intended purpose behind the buried bottles
  • If she had done some research to verify whether the promised outcome was based in fact

She would have saved herself a lot of time and effort uselessly digging holes.

The practice stems from a myth, or rather several variations on a myth.

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