Crystal clear water has a ton of uses. So does solid earth. But mud is… mud. There are definitely a few obscure uses here and there, but for the average person mud is an inconvenience at best, and a disaster at worst.

Lots of things are like that – at their absolute worst in the absolute middle. We’re often taught to compromise, take a middle-of-the-road approach, consider all viewpoints and reach a consensus, that sort of thing. But for a lot of problems, that’s the absolute worst case scenario.

Someone’s about to jump a big gorge on their motorcycle. One person advises: “Give it all you’ve got! Full speed is the only way you’ll make it across!” Another says: “Don’t go at all, it’s a terrible idea! Stay here!” So the guy decides to compromise: “I’ll go, but I’ll go at half speed.”

Worst possible outcome.

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