The Bulls: Managing a Magus in Colombia
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On a hot afternoon in southern Colombia, a middle-aged man, who should know better, is about to enter the bullring. He should know better because he is not properly prepared for the coming encounter with 350 pounds of young but angry beef. The lack of preparation is partly his own fault and partly Mario’s. Mario is a Magus: he enjoys playing games with people’s lives. This sometimes has spectacular results. When, being disgusted with the state universities in Columbia, he decided to found a new private one, he went to Princeton and asked Einstein to sit on its board of trustees. Einstein, who knew something of Colombian politics, asked him how he was going to deal with the two political parties who would want to be in on it. “Why,” said Mario, “I’ll put six Conservatives and six Liberals on the board.” Einstein laughed and quoted a proverb: “The fly who does not wish to be swatted, sits on the handle of the fly swatter.” He joined the board.