Is there a euphemism for, within a given scenario, the fundamental conflict between two things? Almost akin to 'double-edged sword'. But that would not be right. I can clarify more. Open to any thoughts.
There are numerous possible euphemisms and metaphors for the situation you describe, but which would suit is very context dependent.
Some possibilities are:
- irresistible force meeting an immovable object
- irreconcilable differences
- caught between Scylla and Charbydis
- oil and water
- cats and dogs
- fire and ice
- polar opposites
- mortal enemies
And, in the US, there is always
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
Is a good euphemism for when you're stuck in a situation or conflict where resolution is difficult to see; & the outcome well frankly just stinks.
I thought of a couple more: stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea got myself in a real catch-22 here
Hope they help :-)
The euphemism applicable is "Equilibrium".
Equilibrium is achieved when two or more competing or conflicting forces come to an involuntary lock where the forces balance each other out.
A dynamic equilibrium is when active conflicts are ongoing with constant loss and gain of ground.
Godfather to lieutenants of two of his conflicting factions:
So, what have you both achieved in your disagreements?
We have come to an equilibrium.
You meant that your losses balance his losses in the number of men dead and maimed?
The other euphemism applicable is "evolutionary pressure". Evolution can be perceived as a process where the most matchable and adaptable to an environment survives. It is then seen as a conflict between producing superior species at the cost of elimination of others.
Yet another applicable euphemism is "Symbiotic relationship". Rather than saying
They are feeding off each other.
We could say,
Their conflict is a symbiotic relationship.
Combining the three, we could say,
The gangs are in a symbiotic relationship. Their conflicts present evolutionary pressure to improve their ranks by mutually helping each other cull off the weak members. It is the perfect pyramid scheme where equilibrium is attained, resulting in the advantage of having contributors who would no longer be around to clamour for a return of their investment.
I think 'antipathy' is the word you may be looking for.