November 3, 2009
Will Obama Try to "Split the Difference" on Afghanistan?
How often in life do we see difficult issues argued passionately by two opposing sides only to be ultimately decided by the classic Let's-Split-the-Difference Method? It's a rhetorical question, but the correct answer is too often.Where did this notion of splitting the difference originate? We know it goes back at least as far as King Solomon, who ordered a baby to be split in two to settle a dispute between the actual mother and an imposter. When the real mother instantly pleaded for the king to spare the baby and give him to the other woman instead, King Solomon made his decision without dithering. From the Old Testament's First Book of Kings, chapter 3, verses 27-28: Then the king gave his ruling: "Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother." When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.In this decision, splitting the difference to be...(Read Full Article)