The Best Bagels
Once upon a time, someone began to make bagels and sell them. Only those with money and understanding of the bagel could fully appreciate and acquire sustenance from the bagel. He was called the creator.
One day, someone bought some bagels, converted it to a form where others could understand and appreciate them, and let others take them. He wanted others to be able to appreciate the wonder of the creator's bagels. He set some rules on when to take them but couldn't really enforce their rules. His distribution site was small, and so not everyone knew about it. He was called the distributor.
Some time later, a person decided to collect all the converted bagels from various distributors and give them all out at one site. They ignored the distributor's rules and also began selling ad space around their site. He was called the aggregator.
A short while later, someone walked by the much grander aggregate site and took a converted bagel from the aggregator. He was amazed by the quality of the converted bagel and began to go there regularly. He was called the receiver.
Some distributors became annoyed because their converted bagels were being taken and given out without regard to their rules. They appealed to the receivers to come directly to them when getting converted bagels.
Many of the receivers ignored the distributors and continued to get their converted bagels from the much more convenient aggregator, who by this point had made quite a sum of money from selling ad space.
Several days later, the distributor bought a bagel as usual and converted it, but this time put bird shit in the bagel. The aggregator took it as usual and receivers got their converted bagels from the aggregator as usual.
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Later, the receiver goes to the aggregator and complains about the shit in the converted bagel. The aggregator claims that he neither made nor converted the bagel. He points to the distributor and says that all converting was done by him.
The receiver goes to the distributor and complains that the converted bagel has shit in it. The receiver demands that the shit be taken out and that future converted bagels contain no shit.
The distributor tells the receiver that he should have listened to him or this wouldn't have happened. The receiver tells the distributor that no one will take their converted bagels if there is shit in them. The receiver also states that they have no right to put shit in the converted bagel since it is not their bagel to begin with.
The distributor shrugs and tells the receiver that if he doesn't want a shitty bagel then he shouldn't take it. The receiver claims that the distributor has abandoned his original purpose of spreading the bagel's wonder and abandoned the receiver. The distributor responds by saying that it is the receiver who has abandoned him.
Edited by penguin71, 12 February 2012 - 12:05 AM.