Sayre’s Law

Ever Patient Spouse and I were discussing an email from the children’s school last night, in which a moderately contentious issue appeared to have taken an epic turn.

I don’t have skin in the game, so it was “meh” to me.

He reminded me that this is an example of Sayre’s Law, which, in a nutshell, is this:

“In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake.”

Isn’t this true?

A corollary of the above phrase is this:

The politics of the university are so intense because the stakes are so low.


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