I think one of the most interesting conundrums of the human condition, (and this was brought up in films like Good Will Hunting
where the main character is giving the reasons he won't work for the NSA) is that we are constantly
in this zone where we can either act on something because we think it's right in the present
, or we can over-think things and not act at all, because we can attempt to formulate all of the future repercussions of that action
. I think the point that Dear Doctor
was making (in addition to just telling us more about Phlox as a character) is that humans are always in this uneasy precipice between these two perspectives.