Advice of the Day: Sustenance

Always drink upstream from the herd.

The metaphor “Always drink upstream from the herd” means that it is better to take preventative measures and avoid potential problems before they happen. The metaphor originates from the practice of cowboys and ranchers who would herd cattle across rivers or streams. The metaphor suggests that one should always try to avoid drinking water that has been contaminated by the herd’s waste by positioning oneself upstream, where the water is still clean and uncontaminated.

In a broader sense, the metaphor can be applied to any situation where one wants to avoid the negative consequences of a potentially risky situation by taking proactive measures to prevent them.

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