Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Story for the US President about Gatekeepers

In an article written by Bill Moyer and Michael Winship for the Salon magazine calling President Obama to ‘Stop Protecting Wall Street Bankers from Main Street’, the authors remind their readers of this story:

“That old story –perhaps apocryphal but containing a powerful truth—of the Great Wall of China. Four thousand miles long and 25 feet tall. Intended to be too high to climb over, too thick to break through, and too long to go around. Yet in the first century of the wall's existence, China was successfully breached three times by invaders who didn't have to break through, climb over or go around. They simply were waved through the gates by obliging watchmen. The Chinese knew their wall very well. It was the gatekeepers they didn't know.”

Source: ‘Obama: Stop Protecting Wall Street Bankers from Main Street’ Salon Magazine, April 9, 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: President Obama and the Great Wall of China.