When a Cow sees a storm approaching from the mountains, they run away from the storm. While this approach appears wise on the surface, eventually the storm catches up to the herd and they continue to run. This means that the cows end up being caught in the storm for a longer period of time then if they didn’t run at all.
When a Buffalo sees a storm approaching from the mountains, they run directly into the storm. Which might seem counterintuitive at first, this actually means that the Buffalo are running right through the storm, and experience the storm for a shorter period of time than the cows.
The Paradox Principle
The paradox principle of sacrifice states that easy short term choices often lead to difficult, long-term consequences and that difficult short term choices often lead to easy long-term consequences. It’s a principle that, based on experience, I believe to be true in most circumstances. While it may make sense in theory, execution of this can be challenging.