The whole and its parts

The whole & its parts


When making decisions it rarely is possible to reach one that is only satisfying.

The ideal that a satisfying solution is possible is called perfection. It may be possible to reach some of it in the long term and there might be situations in which there is time for a perfect solution.

In most cases, reality makes it impossible.

That is when making decisions involves regrets. They involve a solution that is less than perfect, that may have some drawbacks, but that one accepts to be able to take action.

When integrating regrets in one’s decision, one settles for balanced dissatisfaction.

It’s different from a compromise. These seek to make everyone happy and often disregard the need for a useful solution. Instead, they settle with a short-term objective to have everyone happy.

Balanced dissatisfaction is there to get everyone on board and to create a long-term solution. It accepts that there are regrets. It acknowledges that the solution is not perfect and is there to serve an objective beyond those deciding.


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