Getting called an asshole is never nice, but there’s a flip side to everything.

Assholes are essential.

They’re one of 50 or so sphincters in our body that mostly prevent us from making a mess everywhere and embarrassing ourselves in public but also help us see and control blood flow to the capillaries.

A sphincter looks pretty much the same everywhere in the body, and everyone has them.

Just like there’s a king in every thief and a thief in every king, there are five dozen sphincters in all of us.