"Remember Joey...and don't 'cha ever forget it! All the rats jump off a sinking ship!"
You see… there are all different kinds of rats; many, many kinds of rats. There are fat rats; there are little rats. There are those that are cowards and those that are bold and sinister. Some of them follow the pack and some are the leaders. But when you come right down to it, they are rats… they will always be rats! They will never change unless they want to; or when they are brought to their knees by some catastrophic event in their lives. This is rare however. You can use rats but you can never ever, ever trust them! They are only takers; they have no other ambition but to take. They’re very sneaky sons of bitches! They have no loyalty for no one. They are only interested in getting what they want.
The problem with rats though, is… they will always… always drown. Though it may take time and they may gain a lot of things, such as " wealth, nice cars, beautiful homes; or even sometimes, they may have beautiful girls on their arms. But, what they don’t know is that… those pretty girls on their arms are rats too and they always come up losers. They can’t help it… it’s their nature!
The funny thing ‘bout rats is, they can seldom identify their own kind. They think that everyone is a push over, a wimp, a pansy and so forth; and sometimes they think they’re the only rats! It’s very funny and ironic when you see one rat take down another. It comes as a total shock and a surprise to the rat that’s being taken down or taken out.
I happen to be an expert on rats. You see… they're so very cunning. They know how to hide. They can manipulate their way out of all sorts of circumstances. They’re very quick on their feet. They have an uncanny ability to wiggle their way out of very sticky situations. They’re highly intelligent in the art manipulation. They are well-trained for this sort of trickery. Remember…! It’s their livelihood. They’re the hoodlums and their craft is hoodwinking. They’re the conmen, cheats, confidence men, and tricksters. The problem is that … they’re everywhere! They are fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers. They can be found in big industries, in politics, institutions of every kind and in all walks of life. They are your friends and neighbors, your associates, lawyers, doctors, sales agents and mechanics. They can even be priests, ministers, rabbis and monks.
There are many ways to spot a rat. One way is to go through life a cynic, thinking everyone is a rat, but that’s no fun! Another way is..... if you feel that you sense a rat, then allow him to take something of yours; something that isn’t very dear to you. If you give him easy bait, he will surely take it. And if and when, he takes it, well then.... you have identified him and you really didn’t lose anything of great importance. Rats are really very easy to catch when you know how. They are so greedy that they will take a tiny piece of cheese, when all they need to do is, to do the right thing and they’ll get the whole entire wheel of cheese.
Another thing ‘bout rats is that they will give each other up in a heartbeat. There is no honor among these types of thieves. So don’t be a rat, it never really pays off in the end. Trust me…. I know.... I’m a cat!
By William Teague