I'll give it my best shot with this analogy. 2 + 2 = 4 The sum total of our experience and education should equal the correct course of action. As we live and gain experience we may try and change the answer and some how tweak a 2 and produce a result which equals 5 (some of us are stubborn and just don't accept convention) but in the end through trial and error we respect the answer. Now armed with first hand experience and education we are hired for what we know and life moves on. Then one day someone with more money more power and a different agenda, directs you to make 2 + 2 = 5. You're paid for your judgement and reply it can't be done. The powers that be say make it work. Now what? Proceed ahead with focus on damage control? Do your best but all the while expecting poor results and ultimately proving yourself right the endeavor was pointless, your experience be damned, maybe your reputation too. I suppose you could quit and not even begin the project, but their is always that hope someone will come to their collective senses. Nothing personal here, just an exercise and I could see where this situation could apply in many professions.