Bagels vs. Donuts

How does that old proverb go?

You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

A peace offering is meant to be a friendly gift; a way of trying to mend a relationship (whether it be personal or professional). It’s a tried and true tradition, passed down from the hunter-gatherer era. Over time, the human race has adapted and perfected this action. Nowadays it is evidently clear when one is presenting a peace offering.

Offerings can dilute over time if repeated by an individual. It is the doom of many relationships. But when done right, an impromptu offer can often become a catalyst towards a friendly resolution. A presenter must choose carefully what, where, and when to give, lest their gesture be thought of as expected or even forced.

This is important because as the presenter, you want there to be no doubt of your actions, and the meaning behind it, so that it is clear that you are willing to atone. It is only natural that the presentee (sic) will then acknowledge the peace offering, accept the gift, and begin the healing process.

This is the tradition inherited from our forefathers. It has been so for many generations.

So, why then, would you pick bagels over donuts as a suitable peace offering?

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3 Comments

  1. suzy
    March 7, 2007
    2:49 pm
     

    bagels may be healthier

  2. Brion
    March 7, 2007
    3:41 pm
     

    It may also be representative of a particular culture to offer bagels instead of doughnuts.

    Maybe you should bring some cream cheese. :-)

  3. Jeff
    May 18, 2009
    1:27 pm
     

    I’d bet a donut that the relative detours for the presenter to a bagel shop versus a donut shop played into the decision.

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