How much does it matter which is the Issue and which is the Counterpoint of a throughline? Both will obviously play a role since the conflict between them is being explored. Using the example of "Morality vs Self Interest", the book says "Because Morality is the issue, it would be in the forefront and appear as the topic or subject matter". But Self Interest will by necessity appear just as often, will it not?
The Issue is the context by which the counterpoint is seen and frames the throughline problem, solution, symptom and response.
A throughline with Morality as the Issue puts Morality front and center. Self Interest is seen as the contrast to Morality. Both of them are seen in the larger context of Obtaining (the Concern).
EXAMPLE: MORALITY VS. SELF INTEREST
A small school is trying to raise enough money to stay open (Concern of Obtaining). The teachers are so dedicated to their students that they agree to give up a part of their salary to keep the school open (Issue of Morality). The principal, however, sees this as a great opportunity to boost his reputation, especially since he has plans to get a job on the Board of Education (Counterpoint of Self Interest). Both Morality and Self Interest are explored in terms of Faith, Disbelief, Conscience and Temptation.
A throughline with Self Interest as the Issue puts Self Interest front and center. Morality is seen as the contrast to Self Interest. Both of them are seen in the larger context of Obtaining (the Concern).
EXAMPLE: SELF INTEREST VS. MORALITY
A small school is trying to raise enough money to stay open (Concern of Obtaining). The teachers are dedicated to their students but they refuse to give up a part of their salary to keep the school open (Issue of Self Interest). The principal, however, sees this as a personal mission and petitions the Board of Education to use their rainy day fund to keep the school going after he has tapped out all his personal contacts (Counterpoint of Morality). Both Self Interest and Morality are explored in terms of Pursuit, Avoidance, Control and Uncontrolled.