Although metaphors are insufficient, they are often the best insufficiency available.
And one Enlistee once thought to himself: “This activity is indescribable joy, it is a challenge without parallel, and it is weird beyond belief, and yet at times I still wonder just what it IS that Life wants me to do about it.”
Never trust a god who tries too hard.
In City affairs, even the most important ones, the formalities CAN be everything. “Pardon me, Sir Winston, but would you please pass me the butter and your largest naval base?”
Only the strong survive, and only the weak survive to whine about it.