I recently heard someone saying that children these days do not seem to show as much awe and wonder at the marvellous creatures that they see in the zoo as ‘we’ did. I am not sure who ‘we’ included, but never mind.
I can think of two reasons why this remark may hold some truth.
- Children these days do not want to show too much ‘awe and wonder’ at anything as it is not cool, so they say.
- Children have seen lots of wildlife documentaries and are better prepared than some previous generations for the sight of amazing animals.
At one time, most adults, let alone children, would not have seen foreign animals in the flesh. At best they might have seen a picture in a book or a painting in a gallery.
During the American Civil War there was an expression ‘To See the Elephant’, meaning to experience a battle. The point of the metaphor was that anyone who had not been in a battle could not know what it was like. No description did it justice. [Sorry if you are a War Poet or even a War Correspondent: I did not invent the expression!] In the same way, if you had never seen an elephant, no description quite conveyed what one was like, but once you had seen one you knew.
No, that’s not an elephant!
Sometimes the problem for a risk management consultant is to enable his client to see what the risk is. It may sound unrealistic orit may sound trivial. If it has never happened to you, it may be hard to imagine how it would affect you or your business.
That is why you may need a consultant.
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