The problem with problems… well, one of the problems with problems…
is that they’ve generally been problematic for a good long while before anyone names them as problems, & attempts to solve them.
This is true whether it’s a relationship you’re talking about, or an environmental … problem.
Just one example (but let’s be honest, we know the examples are legion):
The ozone layer. Before the public was informed about ozone holes/thinning, the problem was already very far advanced. Of course, corporate forces behind the destruction knew exactly what was up, & what they were up to behind the scenes – but pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes for as long as humanly possible (let’s face it: money/profits are the real gods on Planet Earth).
“The authorities” are generally very very loath indeed to take action. They would rather play political football until it’s too late to fix things. Toss it to another level of government. Sweep it under the carpet. Kick the can down the road … but endlessly. For sure, blame it on someone else. Take action? Not a chance…
& so. Here we find ourselves, in 2017.
The problems facing our species are now so numerous, daunting, perplexing, stubborn, intractable … & since they now also intersect & multiply & create dangerous, unsolvable synergies…
Seems to me you’d have to believe in Santa Claus & the Easter bunny & the tooth fairy ... to believe we can “fix” things!
Do you still believe in Santa Claus?
A lot of us apparently do. Or, well, we claim to (publicly), anyway.
** Some quotations about problems (scroll down below the “civil disobedience” ones)
p.s. I read a great book about the ozone layer issue once upon quite a long time ago now. It’s called Ozone Crisis – The 15 Year Evolution of a Sudden Global Emergency & it’s by Sharon L. Roan (published in 1989 & available in full here). I note that the “UV warnings” we hear with daily weather reports, that we’ve all adjusted to as though they are merely background noise, are still very much with us. Ratings are “high” or “very high” an awful lot of the time. I guess we haven’t quite nailed that problem yet, eh?
p.p.s. a few quotations that spring to mind:
“If you can’t say something, you can’t see it either.” – Stephen Jenkinson in Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul
“If a thing is never spoken between people who know each other well, and each knows the thing well, maybe it’s not a secret. …. It’s a powerful thing, that ability to tell the truth when the truth is upon you, but it has another power entirely when you don’t tell it.” – Stephen Jenkinson in Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul
“The arrival of whites in America is the dirtiest story in the world.” – Jill Frayne in Starting Out in the Afternoon – a Mid-Life Journey into Wild Land
“All empires eventually devour themselves.” – Ralph Nader in conversation with Terry O’Reilly on CBC Radio