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Desperation as a Grey Zone

Introduction The Grey Zone makes reference to the intellectual anxiety and hyperstimulation released by the typical and persistent aura of ambiguity that seems to inhabit our words and deeds as an unsettling constraint upon black-and-white judgment and action in any specific situation. As a figure of speech and not a specific area or region, the Grey Zone assumes many and diverse shapes as a trope that depicts a quality intrinsic rather than external to language, appearing in various guises from at least Asian antiquity and the parables and wisdom of the sages to current arts and sciences. The Grey Zone is then an interpretive landscape.