Mongol Philosophy

Mongols and Marmots: A Happy Symbiosis
Mongols and Marmots: A Happy Symbiosis

I used to have a problem with bureaucracy. However, now I am over that.

When you run companies you need dedicated clever folk to keep you: solvent; legal and fully operational. The problem arises when you put those people with boundless bureaucratic ambition in charge of those with ideas.

The result of that is foreseeable: it is Crime and Punishment.

The only things that will happen will be those things which found a way around whatever rules were designed to keep the people with ideas from actually doing anything.

Regulation is necessary but Over-Regulation encourages the wrong kind of creativity.

It is much better to have the folks with ideas in charge of the bureaucrats. That makes the bureaucrats work hard and grow their ambition to have ideas. Whenever the ideas pay off and your business expands you can always hire more bureaucrats.

This is a bet things will go wrong eventually and is thus an example of prudent planning. When things do go wrong, as they surely will some day, then the bureaucrats will certainly help fix things. Furthermore, If things go really really wrong then you will have plenty of folks who are surplus to future requirements.

This is the Mongols and Marmots Theory of Society.

I will admit it is a tad simplistic, but I can’t handle complicated ideas – they make my head hurt.

You need Crazy Mongols with big expansive ideas to take over the world but you also need Cuddly Marmots to carry the plague and keep the population of crazy ideas in check. Otherwise, the world is just one big disaster waiting to happen.

When you think of things this way society makes some degree of sense.

Let the Marmots go forth and multiply…

They are pretty cute, actually – but they also taste mighty good.

If things go really really bad one can always Eat Marmot.

Moral of the Tale: Just don’t be the last person to contribute an idea.

2 thoughts on “Mongol Philosophy”

  1. This puts it very succinctly and reminds me of my experience when I once visited the nerd run Dragoncon in Atlanta. While it was great fun this was despite the completely chaotic organization. Looks like the geek squat really needs the management class to run things smoothly. (And while this is a based on a one-off observation, a comic book artist friend of mine who attended many of such cons asserted that this was pretty typical).

  2. Luckily I am a half-breed. Part Mongol and Part Marmot. Leastways, last time I looked in the mirror I am definitely looking more and more like that Marmot 🙂

    Who would have thought that such a cute little critter could have wiped out more people than Genghis Khan himself? You would not credit it on such a harmless looking fur-ball, but that is what happened.

    Even to this day it is forbidden to bring Marmots into the city in Mongolia and they have a special way to cook them (in their fur) to kill off the bubonic plague parasite.

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