19 August 2010

An Old Joke

The long-time CEO of Major Corp. Inc. was about ready to retire. So the chairman of the board called three of the most plausible successors into his office one by one.

First he spoke to the corporation's CFO. He asked, "what is 2 + 2."


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Then he spoke to the corporation's director of human relations.

"What is 2 + 2?"

"I don't think we can answer that question in our present paradigm, it requires the context of a general consideration of the impacting systems in a fractal market condition."

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Then he spoke to the corporation's chief counsel.

"What is 2 + 2?"

The chief counsel's answer?

What do you want it to be?

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Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.