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Originally posted by silent thunder
reply to post by BurningSpearess
Well, I tried (and perhaps failed) to express a subtle point...its NOT about "settling for less" at all. Rather, its about realizing that within the "top tier" of possible choices, in many cases, there may not be a single "correct best choice."
Here's a concrete example. Let's say you are looking for a doorstop to hold open a normal door for a few minutes. You have about 20 objects that you can pick from, including an orange, a basketball, a sponge, and so on. Most of these will not serve the purpose, but among these 20 objects, you find 4 wedge-shaped pieces of wood that can serve as traditional, nornal doorstops. They are all the same size, shape, material, and durability, and each of them is fully capable of being a functioning doorstop. The only difference among them is that one is red, one is green, one is blue, and one is orange. Generally speaking, the colors will have zero impact on their intended purpose (holding open a door), so any one will do the job as well as any other. So, we can say that once you have eliminated the basketballs, sponges, etc., it really doesn't matter which of the four wedge-shaped pieces of wood you choose to hold open your door. All of them are equally "good enough."
That's a very obvious example of a situation where any one of the "top tier" of possible choices will do. What's less obvious is that the same principle can be applied in many other cases. You'd think it silly if somebody spent hours agonizing over which color doorstop to pick, but in fact many people spend untold time and effort agonizing over equally meaningless little differences in situations where any of the selected top choices would do.
did you come up with this theory after losing your mind having you and your wife decorate your home or something?