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Friday, July 22, 2005

Too Many Either/Or's

I know that these sentiments are repeated in many places, but I recently thought of this...

Whenever faced with an either/or situation, or one where you feel cornered by two unattractive alternatives, consider the following:

1) Question the definitions being used. It could be that the two alternatives aren't really opposed or limiting if each uses a different sense of the same words.

2) Consider how the either/or's might co-exist or both be true.

3) Could the two alternatives be rooted in a shared principle or motive?

4) Think of how the either/or may be the same thing in some sense.

5) Consider whether there really are just two options - try to think of 'third options'.

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