There's that saying about rats leaving a sinking ship - does that say more about the ship or about the rats?It is only saying that people are leaving the methaphorical ship, not that they are rats.
I mean, does it mean that the metaphorical "ship" is going down or that the people leaving it are rats?
I think it can be meant both ways. Rats are uninvited, they do no work for what they take, and the moment the party's over, they run off.
one leaves a sinking ship, except the captain, who traditionally 'goes down with it'.
So that's my question- are captains really supposed to go down with their ship?