by alan madrid
The old saying is:
Give a person a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Figuratively, the saying is about taking the long term course of action. If you take the adage literally, you might wonder how many people fish for a living nowadays. We let other people fish for us.
But how about updating the saying?
Give a man a gun so he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank so he can rob everyone.
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The new saying is tongue-in-cheek, but it is also a humorous critique of the modern world. Phrased this way, it becomes less about the long term view and more about effective reach.
With the world changing as rapidly as it does, long term plans are harder to think up much less implement. But in a world where connectedness is key, broad reach over the short term is more effective than just a long term plan.