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Charles Cowling

 

 

Posted by Kathryn Edwards

 

California economist Glen Whitman’s preoccupation with ‘Two Things’ is such fun that it’s no wonder it gets whirled around the papers every now and again, most recently in Saturday’s Guardian.  Its premiss – laid out by a man whom Professor Whitman met in a bar – is this: for every subject, there are only two things you really need to know.  “Everything else is the application of these two things, or just not important.”  

“Oh,” said the professor.  “OK, here are the Two Things about economics. One: Incentives matter. Two: There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”  

Not content to limit the analysis to his own game, Whitman has quizzed those from other worlds to discover the lie of their lands.  These are some of the perspectives he’s been collecting:  

 

The Two Things about Medicine

1.  Do no harm. 

2.  To do any good, you must risk doing harm. 

Dennis  

 

The Two Things about being an Executive Assistant

1.  The boss is always right. 

2.  The boss is always wrong. 

Speedwell  

 

The Two Things about Marketing: 
 

1. Find out who is buying your product. 


2. Find more buyers like them.

Racehorse  

 

The Two Things about Writing: 
 

1.  Include what’s necessary. 
 

2.  Leave everything else out. 

Nicholas Kronos  

 

The Two Things about Civil Engineering

1.  Dirt + Water = Mud. 

2.  You can’t push a rope. 

Todd Grotenhuis  

 

You can see where my thinking’s going: can we usefully hitch a ride? 

Okay, over to you.

What are the Two Things about Arranging a Funeral

Answers in a comment box below, please. A cigar will be awarded for the best.  


 

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sweetpea
sweetpea
8 years ago

1. Do to the deceased as you would be done by.

2. Try not be done.

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Jon Underwood
8 years ago

– Prepare for the worst
– Hope for the best

X Piry
X Piry
8 years ago

1. Do what the family wants.
2. Don’t be suprised if they don’t know what they want.

Belinda Forbes
8 years ago

1)He/she is dead: what’s the worst that can happen?
2)He/she is dead: each detail is of vital importance.

Kathryn Edwards
Kathryn Edwards
8 years ago

I thought:

1. The bereaved are free to arrange pretty much whatever they want for a funeral.
2. The bereaved are often too blasted by grief to know what they want.

Jonathan
Jonathan
8 years ago

No, come to think of it, he’s not your client, is he?

2 Wake up, Jonathan

Jonathan
Jonathan
8 years ago

1 Listen to your client

2 Outlive him

Vale
Vale
8 years ago

1. It’s all about the dead person
2. It’s nothing to do with the dead person

Jehdeiah
Jehdeiah
8 years ago

1. Pay attention to every body
2. Pay attention to everybody

gloria mundi
8 years ago

1. Prepare thoroughly to avoid uncertainty and confusions

2. Don’t over prepare, allow for spontaneity

Ru Callender
8 years ago

Do what needs to be done.
Do NOT to what doesn’t need to be done.