Down from the Mountain

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The thing about the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos is this: you never get time to think. The crush of business leaders, politicians, scientists, thinkers and celebrity do-gooders is so great, the cornucopia of temptations on display so salivating, that you can't quite get your head — which is, in any event, likely to be fogged from the night before — around what you've heard or seen. (Did Brad Pitt really have jet-black hair and sideburns?) So on the last day of Davos I enjoy a little ritual. After lunch, I take myself to the very top...

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