Otto von Bismarck once said: “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”
I grew up on a farm where once a year, usually in January, we would kill a pig and make our own sausages. My sister and I were both fascinated by this process and we were encouraged not only to watch but also to help.
Sausages are like any other product – you get out what you put in. You have to use good basic elements like the meat, the spices, the onions, a bit of brandy, some bread. The butcher coming to my parents place had 30 years of experience and knew to put the right quantity at the right moment to get the best quality at the end. It was more than interesting to watch and even better to taste.
To come back to the quote, I think the improved version (and reality of the law and sausage making process) is: “Laws are like sausages, it should be delightful to see them being made but most of the time it’s not.”