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John cozies up to his new book and vaguely overhears whisper of a midget being on board the plane.
But John has no time for midgets. He's reading Bokonon's theory of dynamic tensions, "the equilibrium between good and evil" (47.3).
Seems the term was once used by bodybuilder Charles Atlas and now by a prophet of a small Caribbean island.
Hmm, we're sure there's a lesson in there somewhere.
Yep, here it is. Just as Atlas believes muscles can only bulk up by "pitting one set of [them] against another" so does Bokonon believe good and evil need to be pitted against each other to build a society.