CHAPTER 9

Personal Gain

How the Chimpanzee Got His Bananas Back from the Gorillas

A chimpanzee discovers a banana bush but cannot reach the bananas. He calls over a big gorilla who can reach the bananas, but instead of giving them to the chimpanzee, the gorilla starts eating all of the bananas himself. The chimpanzee tries to convince the gorilla to give him some bananas. Hearing this conversation, a second gorilla shows up and attempts to take some bananas. As the two gorillas begin to fight, a few bananas fall on the ground, and the chimpanzee runs to grab a few for himself.

“That was one of my son’s favorite bedtime stories when he was young,” Iqbal Quadir recalled nostalgically, but as he told me the story, it seemed to me that the allegory ...

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