A friend of mine heard this one and passed it on to me:
Auditors are those who get to the battlefield after the war is over and stab the wounded.
I wondered if this was original, so I googled it, and found this post by Christel Fouche. I expected it to be funny, but it was rather serious; no reference to the quote above appeared in the post–it’s all about auditing standards and whatnot. I think she missed an opportunity.
Back to the quote. It rings with some truth, but these thoughts came to mind:
- If the soldiers had listened to the auditors in the first place (or perhaps followed their policies and procedures), the battle may not have occurred, or the casualties would be much more limited.
- The stabs are more like surgical incisions–they are intended to be helpful and add healing, and are not meant to cause further pain.
- Sometimes the auditors have to go out on the battlefield (and risk their own necks) because otherwise, the wounded are gathered up and hidden in a mass grave. Auditors merely insist the dead are acknowledged, given a proper burial, and remembered.
What do you think?