Since the topic of the economic message of the parables was recently raised, I couldn’t help remembering this little snippet which for some years hung on my cube wall. Perhaps the Conservative Bible Project can include this among their free market parables? I’ll freely make it available to them, so long as they don’t embarrass me by citing my name.
One of the lesser known apocryphal gospels was that of St. Josephus Managerius whose “Gospel According to Management” was left out of the New Testament by reason of sheer irrelevance. Managerius was a Roman management consultant and inspirational speaker who became one of Christ’s lesser known followers. In his own gospel account, he gave the following address to a management seminar the day after Christ’s delivery of the parable in today’s gospel.
“Well, folks, I think we were all pretty impressed by the Master’s parable yesterday about the Pearl of Great Price, and the importance to following major spiritual upscaling opportunities. But being a trained management consultant, I’d just like to emphasize a couple of the points the Master brought up.
“This POGP strategy is probably the most essential factor in dividing the management sheep from the goats. Now, as we discussed last week, sometimes in order to maximize wheat scalability, it is necessary to pursue temporary weed preservation policy (TWPP.) This allows for greater TOHR (time of harvest return.)
“Now, while those employing a CPBS (casting pearls before swine) mentality may show a strong pre-harvest return, it’s the POGP visionaries who will see the greater TOHR at the annual shifting of the wheat from the chaff. I’d just like you all to take a few moments to think about what the POGP opportunities in your own businesses may be. And remember, when you reach the needle’s eye in your strategic planning, make your camel smarter not smaller.”