I remember watching an episode of Cheers a long time ago, and one of the characters¬†made the remark that, “you can get more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.”

Woody responded, “Yeah, but a dead squirrel gets the most.”

I think there’s actually some wisdom in that statement. A dead squirrel is much more useful to a fly than honey is. Honey just feeds the fly, but the dead squirrel provides it a place to lay eggs and reproduce–to allow its genes to continue. And you get used to the smell after a while I’m sure.

I think what I’m getting at here is that you don’t always have to be sweet, as long as you are useful.¬†Or something like that.

Someone who’s articulate should take that idea, expand on it, and write a book.