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Explanation: Sorry, ProZ didn't let me write this title. Here we go: Literally: "the slippery slope of weakening" or "the path of weakening ", but then see further.
I think it might be better English to write:
"To resign oneself to uncertainty is always a temptation, but this would take us on the path of weakness and dilution".
"To resign oneself to uncertainty is always a temptation, but this would lead us down the slippery slope of weakness and dilution".
"To resign oneself to uncertainty is always a temptation, but it would weaken and dilute our efforts."
At least, this is the way I read it. Of course, one never knows, with politicians...
Explanation: I believe that the main stumbling block here is "pente," which has been correctly rendered above as a slope (whether uphill, giving the image of an added burden, or downhill, making use of the handy English phrase "slippery slope").
My attempt here is much closer to Dauphine's in that it carries on the "downhill" image, but my rendering only implies it by using the suggestive verb, "succumb."
The remainder of the sentence is pretty straight forward. Adding one more rendering to Dauphine's excellent three is very close to beating a dead horse, but here is mine:
"To resign oneself to uncertainty is always tempting, but thus we would succumb to frailty and dissipation."
As you can see, the trick here is first to make "we" the subject of the second clause, instead of "that," and then to use the verb "succumb" instead of the whole verbal phrase "create a slope." Thus the problem with the word "pente" is deflected.
I realize that for some translation purists, such reconstructive surgery may be anathema, but I find the outcome worth the risk.
Fuad Yahya Native speaker of: Arabic, English PRO pts in pair: 167
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