The Shadow

"Between the idea / And the reality / Between the motion / And the act / Falls the Shadow . . . For Thine is the Kingdom"

10 December 2006

Confusing conundrum

The other day I was thinking out loud about a tough decision I had to make and I said, "I wish I could just solve this dilemma".

But then I stopped and thought a little and realised what a silly thing that was to say. The problem with a true dilemma is that there is no 'solution' to it; you can't solve it like a riddle or a puzzle.

I'm not talking about your average, run-of-the-mill, Kevin Rudd-fork in the road, but a really difficult decision that demands a definitive response and promises to niggle away at the back of your mind long after you've made the agonising decision; a splade in the road if you like.

So, the burning question on my mind is this: What does one do when one comes to a splade in the road? What verb do you use to describe the task of tackling such a dilemma?

The best answer I've found so far is "To work through". Is there a better one?

P.S. To all those who care (and that should be all of you), here is an update on the McNeilly Park Boules Club. Today, at home, the Reallys (Pierre, Samuel and Tintin) beat the Nearlys (Benoir, Nateau and Robespierre) 11-10.


At 11:16 pm, Blogger Crazyjedidiah said...

work through is definitely the best answer no doubt about it

At 11:51 pm, Blogger Jonathan said...

To work through a dilemma is to collapse it, like a wavefunction in quantum physics. The lack of solution lies in the Uncertainty Principle - it is uncertain which collapsed state is preferable. It is much easier if the dilemma is collapsed for us.

As troublesome as dilemmas are, they are often preferable to the nullemma.

At 2:15 pm, Blogger tdix said...

And almost everything is preferable to quantum physics.

At 5:10 pm, Blogger natto said...

Yes, problems are best dissolved to a molecular level.

Ok, i'll stop now...

Well done Tim on the job!


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