This one is my favorite philosophy
Or, one of them, anyway. It's so direct,
you can say what you mean
and mean it.
You know? Like: I am here and I have
this message for you. And my message sucks.
But don't take it out on me, because I'm
not the one who originated this. I'm just
the poor bastard who has to deliver it
to you. And I hope you don't take out all your
rage, frustration, sadness, rejection etc. on me.
It's unfortunate that you had to hear all of
this, (whatever it was) and I feel
your pain, really, but it's not
my fault. I'm only the voice.
On the flip side of this coin, I also believe in 'Don't Hug the Messenger'. This is not because I
don't feel your joy, and not because I
don't celebrate along with you, but rather
a matter of 'non-hypocrisy'. If I can't be
there for you to tear apart when I bring you
the bad news, I have no right to celebrate
when you get good news. I don't want to
be a fair-weathered friend. I'll either be
there for both, or for neither. I choose neither.