majorbloodnock (9/10/2008) Semper in excretia, sumus solum profundum variat
We are always in the manure; only the depth varies
Now what kind of soft skill is that?:P
This might just possibly be an appropriate point to reintroduce an old (perhaps somewhat hackneyed) parable about the non-conformist sparrow.
There was once a sparrow who decided that, this year, he would not fly South for the winter. Winter came, off went his friends and the sparrow waited to see what it'd be like at home. However, unsurprisingly, he discovered that it just got colder. Much colder. In fact, so cold that he saw the error of his ways and changed his mind.
So he took off and headed southwards. Unfortunately, it being a particularly cold winter, he became so cold whilst flying that his wing muscles cramped up. Unable to flap, he found himself heading relentlessly downwards towards, as it happened, a clearing in a farmyard. No sooner had he landed than a passing cow came along and defaecated directly on top of him. It was at this point that the sparrow felt things couldn't really get much worse, and he just sat there feeling particularly sorry for himself.
However, whilst doing so, the fresh cowpat actually had the effect of warming up the sparrow, so that his muscles unbunched and he found he was able to move his wings again. So surprised was he at this unexpected benefit, and so relieved to feel warm again, that he started cheeping happily. This happy birdsong was heard by the resident farmyard cat who cleared away the cowpat, found the sparrow and promptly ate him.
Three conclusions can be drawn from this story:
1. Anyone who sh*ts on you is not necessarily your enemy.
2. Anyone who gets you out of the sh*t is not necessarily your friend
3. If you're warm and happy in a pile of sh*t, keep your mouth shut.
Semper in excretia, suus solum profundum variat