With thanks to my sister-in-law for this…
A farmer was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous
pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.
The driver, a young man in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan®
sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the farmer,
“If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd,
will you give me a calf?”
The farmer looks at the man, then looks at his
peacefully grazing flock and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”
The young man parks his car, whips out his Dell® notebook computer,
connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3® cell phone, and surfs to a NASA
page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact
fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that
scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and
exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany …
Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot® that the image
has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL®
database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his
Blackberry® and, after a few minutes, receives a response.
Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech,
miniaturized HP LaserJet® printer, turns to the farmer and says, “You
have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”
“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says the farmer.
He looks on with amusement as the young man select one of the animals.
Then he says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what
your business is, will you give me back my calf?”
The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why
“You’re a Member of the European Parliament”, says the farmer.
“Wow! That’s correct,” says the young man, “but how did you guess that?”
“No guessing required.” answered the farmer. “You showed up here even though
nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew,
to a question I never asked. You used thousands of pounds worth of
equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you
don’t know a thing about how working people make a living – or about
cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep.
Now give me back my dog.
AND THAT FOLKS IS WHAT THE PROBLEM IS ALL ABOUT.