It's happening everywhere. Wal-Mart is a great example. Everyone loves Wal-Mart not only because of the low prices but because you can get anything there. And I mean it. But I don't love that about Wal-Mart. That actually scares the bejesus out of me. You can buy rubbers for your car and rubbers for your wee-wee at the same place! Hello? Is anybody home? That's messed up. Because there is no way, no way, NO WAY that they can do both things equally well. I don't trust a place that tells me they know as much about firearms as they do eggplants. Wal-Mart is like the encyclopedia of stores. They give you a very generic version of everything, just the basics thank you. But your local store is like a specialized book. If you actually want to know anything useful about guns you don't look in the encyclopedia, you get a book about guns. If you want the right gun for your crazy, bell tower sniper needs you don't go to Wal-Mart. You go to Clete's Pawn and Gun down the street. I trust my local tire shop because that's all they do. I don't trust Wal-Mart or K-Mart or any kind of mart with my tires because I can buy new underwear while I wait for my balancing and rotation.
Diversification is reaching dizzying levels. There is Bayer aspirin in my medicine cabinet. My landlord uses Bayer Advanced fertilizer on his lawn. THOSE AREN'T EVEN IN THE SAME BALLPARK! And how do I know that some d-bag isn't accidentally mixing some of the grub control chemical fertilizer with my aspirin. How do I know that when I am trying to take a blood thinner that I am really not taking the same thing that terrorists use to blow up buildings? I don't. And I don't like it one bit. My DVD player is made by Kawasaki. So is the motorcycle that that d-bag that just cut me off in traffic. What's with that? I don't want my DVD player to be able to win a motocross race. No! I want it to be able to play DVD's. I don't care if the company that makes me DVD player makes TV's or stereos. Or if the company that makes my motorcycle makes jetskis or ATV's. That actually makes sense. But when the day comes that they mount my Kawasaki DVD player on my Kawasaki motorcycle I think that I will probably drive said motorcycle into a bridge abutment. Not really. But I would seriously think about it.
Now I understand the need for diversity. There is security in diversity to some degree. If one area of your company is not performing well, another probably will be. And in some areas of my life I want diversity. I want diversity in my diet. I want diversity in my stock portfolio. I want diversity in weather and season (I know, it's weird. But 72 and sunny every day might drive me nutso). And diversity in society is a must. But sometimes it gets out of hand. But if you really think about it, wouldn't you be a little weirded out if Ford started making blankets in addition to cars? Of if the good people at SC Johnson Wax started making axes and chainsaws? Well it's happening all around you. I know that there are exceptions. Nokia used to make everything from tires to work boots to radios, now all they make are mobile communication devices. But they are the exception to the rule. Most of the world is expanding the opposite direction. Have you ever thought about the ramifications of that? I bet you will next time you realize that the same company that made your doctor's stethoscope also printed the magazine you were reading in the waiting room.