I think there's a slight misunderstanding. We're on the same page on this. When I said we take the path of least resistance, I didn't mean the MC. I mean authors. Instead of having the MC make the hard choice, the choice that, to sum it up, throws the crap into the fan, the author has them make the easier choice. Why? Because it's easier to write, for what ever reason. I'd wager a lot of times it's fear. This is not to say the easier or simpler choice is always the wrong choice, but it should be chosen because it's the right choice for the story, not because it's easier to write. For example, put a MC in a no win situation, they have to choose between saving their spouse or their child. To me, the safe and easy choice is save the child. It's the simpler one to write, specifically in the justification. But what if the MC saves the spouse instead? That's a little more tough to write and justify.