The disciples have retreated to the safety of the Upper Room, the scene of the their Last Supper with Jesus, where they find themselves on the “horns of a dilemma.”
More on that in the days ahead, but let’s visit our friends at Wikipedia , where they define dilemma this way:
A dilemma (Greek: δί-λημμα “double proposition“) is a problem offering two possibilities, neither of which is practically acceptable. One in this position has been traditionally described as “being on the horns of a dilemma“, neither horn being comfortable.
Colorful names have been given to many types of dilemmas.
- Double bind: conflicting requirements ensure that the victim will automatically be wrong.
- Ethical dilemma: a choice between moral imperatives.
- Extortion: the choice between paying the extortionist and suffering an unpleasant action.
- Fairness dilemmas: when groups are faced with making decisions about how to share their resources, rewards, or payoffs
- Hobson’s choice: a choice between something and nothing; “take it or leave it”.
- Morton’s fork: choices yield equivalent, often undesirable, results.
- The prisoner’s dilemma: An inability to coordinate makes cooperation difficult and defection tempting.
- Samaritan’s dilemma: the choice between providing charity, improving another’s condition, and withholding it, preventing them from becoming dependent.
- Sophie’s choice: a choice between two persons or things that will result in the death or destruction of the person or thing not chosen.
- Zugzwang: One must move and incur harm when one would prefer to make no move (esp. in chess).
For fun have a closer look at how they define a Zugzwang dilemma.