Comprehensive propensities

Of course our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialisation is the key to success, not realising that specialisation precludes comprehensive thinking. This means that the potentially-integratable techno-economic advantages accruing to society from the myriad specialisations are not comprehended integratively and therefore are not realised.

R. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth