By observing nature, by studying responsible agricultural practices, and wellness, by interacting with religions of every faith and people of every race, and by witnessing communities that have taken it upon themselves to localize themselves, I have come to appreciate the value of diversification and the power of collaboration versus competition. Nature, when left to her own accord, is perfectly balanced. On the other hand, monocrop industrial farming offsets the balance as does a diet of junk food, religious and racial tensions lead to instability and wars, and large corporations imbalance our economy. Like an invasive species, all of these diminish the variety of life and cultural diversity in our world. Everything is interconnected.