Stop the Pendulum

Ever notice how often people gleefully describe a situation as pendulum swinging in their favor? This is rarely a result to celebrate, for one of two reasons:

  1. We are in the middle of two extremes, and the pendulum continues to swing beyond us.
  2. We are near an extreme, and the pendulum inevitably swings back to the other extreme.

The worst part: Pendulums aren’t actually going anywhere, they just bounce back and forth till they finally run out of energy.

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