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05 January 2008 @ 10:25 am
Quote for the Day  
Lifted from the Fortune Cookie at Kevin & Kell:

Just as most issues are seldom black or white, so are most good solutions
seldom black or white. Beware of the solution that requires one side to be
totally the loser and the other side to be totally the winner. The reason
there are two sides to begin with usually is because neither side has all
the facts. Therefore, when the wise mediator effects a compromise, he is
not acting from political motivation. Rather, he is acting from a deep
sense of respect for the whole truth.

Stephen R. Schwambach
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Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on January 5th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thus the word "most" rather than "all".

What this means to me is that any time you come to the conclusion that a right or wrong situation exists, check to make sure your facts are independent and verifiable rather than just strongly held beliefs. Any time belief is involved rather than fact, you run the risk of failing to understand the true source of all sides in a dispute.
singedcat on January 8th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)

I heard a pithy statement like this a few years back, and I like it:

"For every complex problem there's a simple solution -- and it's wrong."

The example of Solomon suggests to me that simple solutions to simple problems can require an exceptional mind. I think part of the complexity of our legal system stems from people trying to implement complex solutions for simple problems. (the other part of the complexity stems from endless "gamers" trying to "minimax" the system. <----God I am a geeeek)