“The boats are so optimized around the present rules that they have lost all resilience. Any change in the rules would render them useless.”
- Donella H. Meadows, Thinking in Systems (2008)
She’s describing yachts that race in the America’s cup. Many other examples come to mind, like bodybuilders training for a competition. With close to zero percent body fat, unsustainable caloric intake, and reliance on constant weight training — although they look strong they are in fact very fragile.