Friday 11 January 2008

A monkey's view of risk

If a monkey could become an anthropologist, what would he say of our way of doing business? He'd probably say, “Humans hate risk. They pay money managers millions when, according to history, I'd do a better job of picking stocks by simply throwing darts blindfolded at a board with companies' names on it.


Their captains of industry navigate their conglomerates into rough waters with amazing regularity.


And even jackals would feel insulted were I to call them 'politicians'. Yet they trust these politicians with their homes and hearths, and even massacre each other at the politicians' bidding.


Why, humans refuse to risk doing something as inconsequential as play games, preferring to pay others instead and watch the 'fun'!


Had humans been monkeys like us, they'd have never swung from tree to tree. Instead they'd have held on to each other's tails, and contracted some big guerilla to do the swinging, whose stubby posterior projection they'd have grasped for their dear lives.”

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