Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Can you find the truth trying to teach pigs to sing?

Bob was called into his supervisor's office and asked, "Have you stopped stealing from the company yet. Just answer me 'yes' or 'no'. I don't need to hear justifications, explanations, rationalizations!"

Bob said, "I can't answer 'yes' or 'no' the way you have asked the question. If I say 'yes' it implies I have stolen from the company in the past and have stopped, and if I say 'no' it implies that I have stolen in the past and continue to do so."

"I don't want any of your smart mouth and double talking," said the supervisor. "I just want to get to the bottom of this situation where things are missing and our accounts are short every month."

"I can't help you," said Bob.

"You're a liar and a thief!" shouted the supervisor. "You're fired."

And Bob being a Unitarian Universalist believed in the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, but this was not the way to go about the search. Bob said to his supervisor, "You can never find the right answers if you don't ask the right questions. With the kind of leadership you are providing to this company, it will go down the drain eventually. It can't survive with its current managerial mind set and practice."

"That's right, college boy, you're the smart one who's got all the answers. We'll be better off when you're gone," said the supervisor.

What's the moral of the story? As Jesus said, "Don't throw pearls before swine." As a wise friend of mine said, "Did you hear the joke about the farmer who tried to teach his pig to sing?"

"No, I haven't," I said.

"Frustrated the heck out of the farmer and annoyed the heck out of the pig."

We both laughed vigorously. I think they call it  "guffawing."

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