Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Founders: Two Analogies

I haven't shared this with my class yet, so they may not get it.  ...Well, I shared the one example with a couple classes.  ...No time to explain.

Here they are:


There's a rich billionaire.  In his will, he says he is leaving everything to his son.  "Keep the money intact so the family business stays strong," he says.  "Don't split the money up.  Don't give some to someone and the rest to someone else.  Give it all - ALL OF IT - to my son."

Not a problem, you think?  He had two biological sons, and one adopted son.  Which one gets it?


A man owns a pizza business, and it becomes wildly successful.  This man has two sons.  When he gets older, and makes his will his eldest son tells him he wants to keep the pizza business going.  He asks to be written into the will, and to have some money to continue.

His youngest son has never really liked pizza.  He has always been interested in shoes.  He asks his father if he could still have his share of the inheritence to strike it out on his own in the shoe business.  His father agrees.

Years pass, and the father dies.  The older son now runs the pizza business, the younger son runs the shoe business.  The money from both business came from the father.  Who is the founder of each business?

Discuss these analogies with an adult.  See if you can figure out what they have to do with religious founders.  For instance, who does the rich billionaire represent?  What about his two biological sons?  What about his adopted son?  What about the will?

From analogy 2, who is the pizza owner?  What about his sons?  What is the pizza business and shoe business?

If you can figure it out, great.  If not, we'll be going over all this tomorrow.

If you want the extra credit, write the following sentence on a piece of scrap paper, and have the adult you discussed the blog with sign it:  "I'll take something to believe, something with long sleeves - because it's unpredictable."  Share this on facebook, instagram, or twitter for extra, extra credit.  (You still have to complete it (read and discuss) with an adult though.

If you also want to write a note about how the conversation went, I'd love it.

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