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[In case you / others are interested in discussing about this, I would continue the conversation about "generality" in ecology here On the role of general theory in ecology ]

A model / theory is useful for understanding the data, including the ones you have not collected. A general theory/model is just a theory/model that has some extrapolative/predictive power. The non trivial question is how much general is too much general (and how much specific is overfitting)... but I do not understand why we should not care about generality.