Degree of difficulty
Posted by akosistella on March 9, 2010
By AR Samson
In Olympic competition, events like figure skating or ice dancing, consider “degree of difficulty.” Successfully executing tricky, especially not previously attempted moves, get high scores from the judges. It is these complex moves that then redefine the standards of the game. Adding one more somersault in freestyle aerials sets the bar higher for the rest of the field and succeeding competitions.
Degree of difficulty also applies in politics. Landmark achievements are in fields where political reforms have repeatedly failed. Is corruption, so much a part of our political cliché, always to be considered as something one just has to live with like typhoons, unreasonable bosses, or needy relatives?
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