An interesting technique from improv is to take a well-known mantra, reverse it, and see if it still makes sense. Usually, it sort of does, in some circumstance.
Can we try this? I'll start with a reversed mantra. Someone else explain why it's useful (perhaps under a very special circumstance) and reverse a mantra of their own. And so on until we get bored.
So, someone explain how this could be useful:
In a conflict, lower the stakes
Then reverse one of your own.