My question is as follows: a plane that has taken the shape of a pentagon is intersecting the skeleton of the cube. Or I guess we could think of it as a cross section. Points $M$ and $N$ were used to help make this construction. My question is that I want to prove
$$|AB| + |AE| \lessgtr |BC| + |CD| + |DE|$$
I put an $\lessgtr$ to represent either $>$ or $<$ because I do not recall which symbol it was. So, the idea of the problem is stating whether the sum of the 2 lengths of this pentagons sides I stated is either greater then or is less then the sum of the lengths of the other three sides in this case.
From the picture there is not much to use I feel like. One idea I had was to construct a line from $B$ to $E$ and then use the triangle inequality to represent triangle $BAE$. I was also making other triangles with this pentagon and then tried to compare all the triangle inequalities that I came up with. The problem is I do not think it got me anywhere that I could see.
Anyone provide any help? It would be greatly appreciated.