If there was one quotation that would describe my philosophy on life, it would definitely have to be this quote (given from an anonymous quote donor): “Never teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.”
Basically, this quote suggests that no matter how hard or how much you argue a point, and no matter how right you are (which in my case, is every single time ever that I ever said something ever), you aren’t going to make a stubborn person change their opinion, just because you think that they should. All the arguing in the world isn’t going to change a single thing, except to spread hostility, and also open new positions in the field of law.
For instance, if the Pope and the Dalai Lama were to get into a heated debate over which religion was really the right one, the Pope wouldn’t suddenly change his whole perspective on life, just because the Dalai Lama kept up a relentless and heated discussion or said something really profound (“By heavens, you are right! What have I been doing with my life?”).
Think back to your childhood. Was there ever an instance in which you suddenly changed from “Nuh uh!’ – “Uh huh!” – “Nuh uh!” – “Uh huh!” – “Nuh uh!” – “Uh huh!” – to a less heated debate of “Nuh uh!” – “Oh, you know what? You’re probably right. Batman IS probably the superior of Spiderman. I really should take the time to expose myself to a wider array of opinions and information on the subject before attempting to disagree with you.”
The only thing that a head-bashing kind of argument between two stubborn people is going to accomplish is to busy the emergency room. Because of this inevitability, I always try to abide by this easy principle: agree to disagree. Just because people have opinions that are completely different from mine, I feel no compulsion to browbeat them until they fully revise to suit my needs, even if they are wrong. Which they probably are. Spiderman would wail on that rich boy Bruce Wayne.
So, in conclusion, pigs who can’t sing and just don’t really want to learn how don’t necessarily need to be made to sing, no matter how much musical vocalizing would benefit them. Even tone-deaf pigs make useful contributions to society. That’s where we get bacon.