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The Yuppie and the Sheep

A humourous take on the modern man, steeped in his new-found technological, advanced wisdom, is presented in this little tale.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2003 17:34 IST
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With all of modern technology at our beck and call, have we really moved as much 'forward', as we like to believe? Will all this technology not confuse the real issues in life, making us slaves to something, which should be a natural flowering of our own capabilities as a normal human being?

A humourous 'take' on this aspect of the modern man, steeped in his 'new-found' technological, advanced wisdom, is presented in this little tale, called The Yuppie and the Sheep.
"A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of the dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Broni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the shepherd, "If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one?"

The shepherd looked at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looked at his peacefully-grazing flock and calmly answered, "Sure." The yuppie parked his car, whipped out his notebook and connected it to a cell phone, then he surfed to a NASA page on the Internet where he called up a surveillance satellite system, scanned the area, and then opened up a database and an Excel spreadsheet with complex formulas. He sent an email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, received a response.

Finally, he prints out a 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized printer then turns to the shepherd and says, "You have exactly 1586 sheep."

"That is correct; take one of the sheep." said the shepherd.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and bundle it into his car.

Then the shepherd says: "If I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my sheep?"

"OK, why not." answered the young man.

"Clearly, you are a consultant." said the shepherd.

"That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required," answers the shepherd. "You turned up here although nobody called you. You want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked, and you don't know anything about my business. Now give me back my sheep."

Story taken from the Awakening Path Newsletter with permission.