"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder." - George Washington
"We all have our price. Life is about bribes. Well, figuring out how to cheat in order to get the prizes," said Housemate Jen.
We're bribed in our careers with bonus structures for meeting sales goals. Sometimes our country brainwashes us with bribes (read the jaw-dropping Ice Cream and Cake story from a Cuban primary school). In Congress, bribery is always the new black. I will but mention what a musician must do to get a spin on our public airwaves, and in international journalism circles the practice even has a new name: gombo.
Maybe it all begins with potty training. A three year old girl I know has been through the process and learned a thing or two about bucking the system. A few weeks ago her parents told her she would receive candy if she could keep her pull-ups dry through the night. The wheels began to turn.
She commenced to waking up early, taking off her damp pull-up, putting on a new dry one, and hiding the soiled evidence. Her parents were none-the-wiser and she was on candy-filled easy street. Until. Her secret started to stink and she became the perfect metaphor.