Most people exhibit what political scientists call "the conservatism
of the peasantry." Don't lose what you've got. Don't change. Don't
take a chance, because you might end up starving to death. Play it
safe. Buy just as much as you need. Don't waste time.
When we think about risk, human beings and corporations realize in
their heads that risks are necessary to grow, to survive. But when it
comes down to keeping good people when the crunch comes, or investing
money in something untried, only the brave reach deep into their
pockets and play the game as it must be played.
-- David Lammers, "Yakitori", Electronic Engineering
-- Times, January 18, 1988