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In reply to: Everything is broken, and it’s okay

A failure is one part of a system breaking; a catastrophe is when many failures accumulate to a point beyond recovery.1 When a catastrophe happens, it often seems like something very safe failed suddenly. But when we analyze the contributing causes, we find it wasn’t really sudden at all: The warning signs were present, the early failures, but we didn’t predict how they’d combine.