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choose the path of least resistance

To do something or decide on a course of action that avoids confrontation or difficulty. Let's not try to innovate this time—just choose the path of least resistance so we can get the job done on time. You're never going to be respected by your boss if you choose the path of least resistance every time he asks you to do something you don't want to do.
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Rife with missed communication opportunities, this first-person narrative is a cautionary tale of what happens when one "makes choices by default," always choosing the path of least resistance. In Too Deep is an easy, engrossing, uncomplicated but not oversimplified read that will be enjoyed by male and female readers who like reading about relationships and school culture.--Kim Carter.
(I hunt them so I pay close attention to their navigation.) The deer are simply choosing the path of least resistance. Once you install the tall cedar trees all the way around, with space between them, the deer will then slip through wherever they find the path of least resistance.
I feel now that I made the right moral and ethical decision by honoring my oath, despite my distaste for serving in what I consider to be a foolish, immoral mistake; but part of me still worries that I might have simply been a coward choosing the path of least resistance. Safe at home in my bed, it is not the gore and violence of war that give me pause, but the fear that I may have been a moral coward.