Balance

Balance

Casually tossing out, "It's all about balance" while talking about a tough or controversial subject is often mental laziness disguised as some sort of prudence .

Some problems:

  1. One end of the spectrum in discussion might just be a horrible idea to begin with. "When it comes to doing meth made with toilet bowl cleaner..."
  2. How I've tended to use the line typically suggests that it's somewhere smack dab in the middle of my current purview, which suggests my spectrum is the entirety of the spectrum.
  3. It typically suggests that the two listed positions are the only possibilities to consider. It traps future conversation within those two possibilities.
  4. It tries to wrap up a complex issue with a neat bow rather than ending a conversation with, "well this needs further exploration." If I don't have time or don't want to spend the time on further exploration then I can just say that. No need to pat my ego and pretend I solved something.
  5. We will nearly always feel that whatever position we've picked is the state of balance. Any sort of movement on a position will for a good while feel uncomfortable and "wrong" even after we've been convinced of the idea.