warlord

When I was young I knew a young martial artist from Hong Kong. Just a small fellow, his skill was such that I knew I would never match him. We worked in IT together and became friends.

His grandfather had lived in mainland China near a river before the revolution. He had a small army, including his own tank. All goods that passed up and down the river paid tribute to the Warlord. When the communist revolution began, the Warlord sent one of his sons out to Hong Kong to secure a place in case the war was lost. The son purchased an entire city block of land in Hong Kong. Imagine the value of an entire city block there today.

The war against the communists went poorly and the Warlord and his family fled before Mao and his army. When they arrived in Hong Kong there was nothing. The son had gambled the entire fortune away.

Perhaps it was justice, or karma or the son was just a fool. It is not uncommon for a man to lose a fortune to folly, but still…

The moral: Only a fool doesn’t manage risk and preserve his capital


24 Comments on “warlord”

  1. russtowne says:

    It sounds as though the warlord was attempting to manage risk and preserve his capital, and made a mistake in judgment regarding the son to which he chose to entrust a large portion of his wealth. Perhaps it speaks volumes as to the intgrity of the warlord that he had no one–not even his own son–who he could entrust with his wealth. Intelligent and honest people tend to surround themselves with other intelligent and honest people.

    Russ

  2. Yummygal says:

    Nice lesson and story about the old days of Hong Kong. There are many fools today, lol!

  3. Seb says:

    Having your own tank would be cool!

  4. TheOthers1 says:

    What an interesting story! My thought? That I need to buy a tank, move near a river, and demand tribute from large boats passing by.

  5. at a loss here… true words

  6. You have met some very interesting people!

  7. it kind of reminded me of the game Monopoly


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