[SEQ RERUN] The Third Alternative
People justify Noble Lies by pointing out their benefits over doing nothing. But, if you really need these benefits, you can construct a Third Alternative for getting them. How? You have to search for one. Beware the temptation not to search or to search perfunctorily. Ask yourself, “Did I spend five minutes by the clock trying hard to think of a better alternative?”
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