A BBC reporter on the street in Brazil as national elections approached, asked a clear-eyed passerby what he made of the choice before him (the incumbent, Jair Bolsonaro, or Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva). He replied:
“Lula is certainly not the gateway to Paradise, but he is the way out of Hell.”
The traveler does well to demystify a fork in the road. A path out of suffering or peril – however homely – has much to say for it.