The interconnectedness of all things
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
"I'm very glad you asked me that, Mrs Rawlinson. The term `holistic'
refers to my conviction that what we are concerned with here is the
fundamental interconnectedness of all things. I do not concern myself
with such petty things as fingerprint powder, telltale pieces of
pocket fluff and inane footprints. I see the solution to each problem
as being detectable in the pattern and web of the whole. The
connections between causes and effects are often much more subtle and
complex than we with our rough and ready understanding of the physical
world might naturally suppose, Mrs Rawlinson.
"Let me give you an example. If you go to an acupuncturist with
toothache he sticks a needle instead into your thigh. Do you know why
he does that, Mrs Rawlinson?
No, neither do I, Mrs Rawlinson, but we intend to find out. A pleasure
talking to you, Mrs Rawlinson. Goodbye."