• How it works.

    by  • February 19, 2009 • Science • 0 Comments

    There are three kinds of people: snacks, trolls and bastards.

    Snacks are people without strong personal competence or will.

    Trolls are people with strong personal competence, but without social status. Many computer programmers and engineers are trolls. They live in caves.

    Bastards are people with strong personal competence and high social status. Bastards who speak the truth about unpleasant things lose their social status and become trolls.

    What this means is two things: if you want to know the truth, ask a troll. If you want people to do something, convince a bastard it’s the right thing to do.

    Within this framework one can see all politics…

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


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