There will be many situations where two strongly contrasting views are given – with each view, from that speaker’s perspective, quite sensible and well-meaning.

The third speaker – the one who needs to reconcile these views, while keeping both sides agreeable – can often quite effectually begin with “well, as with many things, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.”

And then proceed to explain why the situation is neither black nor white, but instead, a mixture of shades, at times leaning towards black, and other times towards white.