The Bushman and the Baboon

Baboons are really good at finding water. Baboons also really love salt. A bushman trying to survive in the wild can use a baboon’s innate ability to find water when it’s too scarce to find.

They set a salt trap by digging a small hole and put salt in it. The baboon sticks there hand in to grasp the salt, but can’t remove their hand without letting go of the salt thus becoming trapped. The bushman captures the baboon and then gives it all the salt it will eat (a lot). The baboon gets thirsty. The bushman lets the baboon out and follows it. The baboon, thirsty, immediately goes and finds the nearest water source.

From Dave Chappelle’s interview on CBS This Morning where he used this as an analogy for being trapped by fame and fortune.