Our daughter was swooped by a magpie when riding her bike. Although she was not hurt it scared her and brought about many questions about why magpies don't like bike helmets to which I don't know the answers. It's natural, this indignation we feel when nature dares to impinge on our comfort. How dare the shark bite or the bee sting? How dare the possum steal our food or the spider catch us in her web? I am in the preposterous position of never having been swooped by a magpie but I know the hard look I saw in a magpie's eye when it was a threat to our young chickens. Had it really changed? Or was I just taking business too personally? So I think we have to ask the question "Whose business is it, anyway?" For us business often involves offices, emails, telephones, boardrooms, perhaps a CEO of an opposition business who has a scar across one cheek and whose face is naturally in grimace. Our swoops might be achieved with advertising, purchasing power, product placement, innovation (apparently harmless to magpies). But inadvertently, in the background, we create problems for magpies every day: windows, cars, tree felling, to name a few. A magpie's business is successfully rearing young and part of that goal is scaring off potential predators. I can't break down the helmet thing but I've heard of CEOs behaving much more ruthlessly for much less than the price of their children's lives. I don't suppose this pondering will reduce our daughter's fear but at least it might give her a bird's eye view of the problem.