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Aug 10, 2011
What can credit unions learn from a movie that tells us to be careful what we do with our own powers?
By Thomas Cullen
Evolution can be a double-edged sword. That’s the message of The Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The movie is an origin story and tells of how apes originally got their intelligence, language skills, and interest in exploring the boundaries of power.
I liked it, but it wasn’t as action-packed as I would have hoped. Aside from a stunning helicopter explosion, the action scenes were too infrequent for me. Still, I’m an Apes novice, so if you’ve seen all the other installments, you might want to check this out.
In the story, an ape named Caesar takes his intelligence (given to him unintentionally through his genes) and leads a revolt against the oppression of his captors. But he doesn’t stop when he breaks free from his literal prison. Check out the preview below. Stuff gets serious real quick when they escape into San Francisco.
What’s the financial equivalent of this story? I don’t know that there is one, but the lesson of managing growth and minimizing greed is a good one. Let’s take a look around the economic world and see what kind of connections we can make.
One of the themes of The Rise of the Planet of the Apes is that “Evolution becomes Revolution.” It’s wise to remember that when you’re evolving as a cooperative. It's not a universal truth, but make sure you understand where you’re headed and what kind of results you’re working toward. That way you won't get lost.
The last thing you want is the financial equivalent of a couple hundred apes rampaging through San Fran.
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