Philip M Halperin - Scribblings

The Balloonist and the Man On The Ground - A Fable



Balloonist was flying in a Hot Air Balloon and realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a Man On The Ground below. Lowering the Balloon yet further, he shouted:

"Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"

The Man On The Ground explained, "You are in a Hot Air Balloon, hovering 10 metres above this field."

"I can discern that you are a Risk Manager," bid the Balloonist.

"Indeed I am..." replied the Man On The Ground. "How did you know?"

"Well," offered the Balloonist, "everything you have told me is Technically Correct, but it's of absolutely no use to anyone."

The Man On The Ground postulated, "And you must must be a Trader."

"And indeed I am..." confirmed the Balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," deduced the Man On The Ground, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's My Fault."


No Copyright. This Learned Fable is a Veritable Recounting of an Anecdote sent me by Mike Roffey