Comparative difficulty

My time in the Army was pretty rough.

It wasn’t the worst. It wasn’t the best. Innumerable people had it worse than I, and innumerable had it better.

But those are red herrings.

You need one egg to make four cupcakes. You want to make twelve cupcakes. They will be frosted with store-bought chocolate frosting. How many eggs do you need?

The frosting is a red herring. It doesn’t alter the question. You need three eggs.

The Army was pretty rough.

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