You’re all familiar with the following saying:
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
But this is the question I have for you: what are you going to do with a bunch of flies?
You can’t train a fly to do anything, they’re completely stupid.
You don’t want to eat flies: you get wing stuck in your teeth, they have limited nutritional value, and they taste like fly.
And once you’ve got flies stuck in your honey, the honey is ruined; no one wants to eat honey that has flies stuck in it. Those flies were probably prancing around on a pile of dog crap before they got around to your honey.
And to that point: if you want to catch some flies, lay out a pile of dog crap; that’s what flies really want.
I understand the point of the phrase is that you get better results if you’re nice to people rather than if you’re rude.
But do you really want to walk around all day being all flowery and nice to people if your reward is a bunch of flies in your honey–it makes your honey taste like fly!
Besides, it is exhausting being nice to people: people suck. I’m not wasting good honey on flies or people who suck.
It would be a different story if you could train flies to attack people who suck. I’d be all for throwing the honey around then.
Until then, I think I’ll just stick with the vinegar.