Equal sign with handwritten arrows to make the well-known optical illusion of the lines of equal length
Equal sign with handwritten arrows to make the well-known optical illusion of the lines of equal length

The elusive equilibrium

The notion of balance is relevant in more than a few ways in our lives. But it is not always easy — or even possible — to establish it.

People have been using balance scales for a long time. The earliest evidence, discovered in Pakistan and Egypt, goes back at least 4000 years. Such devices were (and are) based on the idea that one can determine an unknown weight by balancing the scales with a known weight, producing equilibrium, derived from the Latin for equal and balance (libra).

A boy on a bicycle
A boy on a bicycle
Nicely balanced! (photo: Jason Goh/Pixabay)
A young woman with sunglasses in a car, looking annoyed
A young woman with sunglasses in a car, looking annoyed
She’s not happy her premium went up in the name of gender equity (photo: CLeyton Ewerton/Pexels)

Accidental behavioural economist in search of wisdom. Uses insights from (behavioural) economics in organization development. On Twitter as @koenfucius

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