Empire Rules

A story I have heard many times is ‘Bob’ is building something on his property. There comes a time where he needs to buy, rent or borrow a tool to finish a step before he can complete the project.  Knowing his neighbor is home and has the tool he requires off he goes to see his neighbor.  Bob and Bill are good friends who have been neighbors for ten years or more.  When Bob asks Bill if he can borrow his ‘tool’ for the afternoon, Bill says, ‘The soup isn’t done yet.’    Initially Bob believes Bill doesn’t understand so they go through the question and answer at least one more time.  “The soup isn’t done yet.”

Eventually Bob gets Bill to say, “I don’t want to loan you my tool and one excuse is as good as any other.”   What is it about humans that can’t just say no. What…

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