Captain Jack Aubrey: Do you see those two weevils doctor?
Dr. Stephen Maturin: I do.
Captain Jack Aubrey: Which would you choose?
Dr. Stephen Maturin: [sighs annoyed] Neither; there is not a scrap a difference between them. They are the same species of Curculio.
Captain Jack Aubrey: If you had to choose. If you were forced to make a choice. If there was no other response…
Dr. Stephen Maturin: [Exasperated] Well then if you are going to *push* me…
[the doctor studies the weevils briefly]
Dr. Stephen Maturin: …I would choose the right hand weevil; it has… significant advantage in both length and breadth.
[the captain thumps his fist in the table]
Captain Jack Aubrey: There, I have you! You’re completely dished! Do you not know that in the service … one must always choose the lesser of two weevils.
Life isn’t perfect, and sometimes we have to choose between the lesser of two [we]evils.
The less-than-perfect options arise all the time when we have limited funds, limited time, and limited knowledge. Sometimes, there isn’t enough money to pay all your months that month, to put 20% down on a home, to execute a Will before a big trip, etc.
Has there been a situation where you have had to choose the lesser of two evils? Or are you struggling with that decision right now?
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