Anything that only looks good at the expense of something else should probably be given a better second look (if it can bear it).
One recruit thanked the leader of his Revolutionist camp for, as he put it, “Never putting his wants before the welfare of the recruits.” The older rebel winks, thinks, “Nice the way that works out since I got no wants of my own anyway.”
One up-to-date sire informed his genetic underling, “Remember, my boy, the syrup on the sundae, the cherry on the top, the icing on the cake is in the criticism.” And the kid lost his appetite.
A thing separate from what it does is a thing no more.
(Anything else is too inconclusive.)