My mother is one of those people who believe that the proper function of food is to decorate the refrigerator and make it look like there's food in it.
Say, for example, you went to the fridge at my parent's place and saw one last piece of ham or something in there and thought, "Gee, that would make a good sandwich!"
Turn around and say, "Can I have this piece of ham?" Usual reply, "No, that's all there is!"
What does this mean? Is it cruel to this piece of ham to relieve him of his loneliness? Or maybe because he's lasted this long while the other pieces of ham have gone the way that pieces of ham so often do, that last boat ride down the alimentary canal, he has earnt the freedom to grow things and smell up the fridge? Survival of the last to be eaten! Actually, that ain't too far wrong. Darwin would be proud of that smoked pig bit. But what would be the breeding purposes of that last piece of ham? I shudder to think. But with a mind like mine, I often shudder when I think anyway.
Back to the ham. You have been told that you can't have it because that's all there is. Your reply?
"I can see that. How does that translate into me not availing myself of this inviting remnant?"
"You can't have it because then it will all be gone, and somebody might want some."
"Like, Duh! Somebody does want some. That's why I asked for it."
"You can't have it. Now leave me alone."
Stimulating debate, eh? And not surprisingly, one that ends with said survivor of the ravages of hunger being gingerly disposed of a couple of days later. Brave piece of smallgoods that he was. Should give him a medal. Something like 'Avoiding capture by the owners of the fridge while creating the need for vanilla essence and bi-carb in enemy territory.'
Three cheers for the might(il)y smelly ham piece! Hip, Hip...
Don't ask me, I just got here.