|Stories - Part Four: Decisions and Problems
Here the problem is isolated for the moment and critically examined
without having to think of its background situation. Then put it back
and see if it works.
This storyline might apply to a situation like a large-scale terrorist attack. The authorities are not sure what will happen next, or even who the enemy are, but are reasonably sure of the sort of targets that will be chosen. They can then isolate the targets to start with, and in the mean time try to isolate possible groups the terrorists belong to on the basis of motivation.
The problem is considered in terms of extreme cases, then look for something workable between these. In the case of a hi-jacked plane there are two extremes:
Somewhere in-between would be to negotiate with he hi-jackers and talk them into surrendering without harm to the passengers or plane. Or even partially meet the demands of the hi-jackers.
Numerous stories have been built on the theme of trying alternatives in critical situations.
This approach to a problem can come up in many guises. A man who loves a woman but she loves someone else, might compromise by staying friends with her. An ambitious person might want a particular job, and have the choice of giving up everything else to get it, or abandoning the idea of getting it at all. A compromise might be to take a lesser position for the time being and see if the chance becomes available at a later date.
In Beauty and the Beast, Beauty agreed to see the Beast as a condition of him not pursuing her father for debts. It happened that she fell in love with him, so it was a good compromise.
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