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Favorite ways of avoiding problems:
- It is not worse than some other year, therefore
no big deal.
- There has been a tiny improvement; we should be
satisfied, even if overall rates are horrible.
- The problem is boring, therefore not important.
- Assign blame and do nothing. The mere act of
blaming brings relief.
- Find a scapegoat and keep harassing the scapegoat
so that citizens will not attack you for poor standards and actions.
- If we ridicule incompetents who face the problem,
we don't have to do anything about the problem either.
- Citizens can't be expected to understand it,
therefore no problem.
- Discussing adequate solutions will offend,
therefore no problem.
- Attack the motives of those who face the problem.
- Others avoid the problem, too.
- We have so many wrongs. Another wrong is no
- Better solutions are painful, distasteful or unenjoyable,
therefore no problem.
- Facing it is risky.
- Someone claims a right or religious belief,
therefore there is nothing we can or should do.
- If you avoid brainstorming and researching, you avoid unpleasant problems and solutions.
- The problem has a low probability, therefore no
problem, even when consequences are terrible.
- Most people don't have the problem, therefore no
problem, even when the consequences to those who do have it are
- If you believe the problem is caused by factors
difficult to touch, then the actions to fix it must be too difficult,
- Distort the position of anyone who faces the
- Almost no one else acknowledges the problem, therefore no
- The problem gets only slightly worse each year,
therefore no problem, no matter the overall consequences.
- Problem analysis is for anal types.
- Not subscribing to official myths is offensive. I
don't want to be shunned. The official myths are better because they are
simpler and make me feel good.
- No perfect solution, therefore no best available
- The people facing the problem are sheeple, therefore no problem.
- My idols wouldn't care or would oppose me on this.
- Talk is the only action needed.
- The image of being a problem solver is the same as
being a problem solver.
- Solving problems is old think or linear thinking.
- Solving problems stifles creativity.
- Hitler, Stalin and Idi Amin tried to solve
problems. Solving problems is evil.
- I'm just is deterministic cog in the universe.
- Partial success is not worth it.
- A persuasive argument not to face problems is the same
as a strong argument not to face problems.
- Whatever I do will be less than a drop in a
bucket. I'm nothing compared to others. I am only one.
- I didn't cause the problem; therefore I'm not
obligated to help fix it.
- The tragic view of life is superior. An
"all-knowing" empathy or world-weariness is cooler.
- Too risky.
- Good motives are enough.
- I work hard enough as it is.
- Let's lower our standards, therefore no problem.
- Good motives and half-assed efforts are enough.
- I have no strong feeling about that, therefore no
- The problem creates feelings in me that I don't
like, therefore no problem.
- Rocking the boat makes others hate me.
- The possibility of unintended consequences is
reason to do nothing.
- Solving the problem means I will have to play a
role and playing a role exposes me to the possibility of failure,
humiliation, or degradation.
- The person who does the least usually gets blamed
- I could be labeled intolerant.
- Playing a role is conforming and a crime against
the real me.
- I'm to blame, therefore incompetent, and therefore
incapable of improving.
- All is vanity.
- My only choice is...
- Any charitable effort is a good effort.
- The popular media don't think there is a problem, therefore no problem.
- The popular media solution must be the right
- The right solution has no chance today, therefore
it will never have a chance.
- I could get sued.
- We will always have problems among us. There will
be other problems when we get done.
- Solving problems is not spiritual enough.
- Facing problems causes anxiety.
- Time solves problems. Problems go away on by themselves.
- My circumstances are terrible. I can't be expected
to solve problems.
—J.T. Fournier, last updated July 9, 2009
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