But if he is pragmatic, he'd take the pistol and try to make the best of the situation with it. Right?
We are not promoting a culture of violence here, but we have chosen this scenario in the hope of shining the light on the absurdity of dogma and ideological rigidity even when the situation urgently calls for pragmatism.
In the last few weeks we have witnessed renewed tensions, especially within the ruling ANC, over the future of troubled state-owned enterprises such as South African Airways (SAA) and electricity utility Eskom.
There are those who believe that the state should hang onto all of its companies, even in instances where there is no business case to do so, and where it is clear that such state companies are hampering economic growth.
On the other extreme end are ideologues who want the government to privatise anything, even in those industries where having only the private sector as the player would result in millions of poor South Africans not affording to access the services.
We think SA should look at each case on its merit. It may be that the only way out of the SAA crisis is to partially sell it off , while with Eskom the solution may exclude privatisation but involve better management of the corporation.