- In the exact same day -
client A: I can’t make nutrition work because of what’s in the house for the whole household.
client B: I can’t make nutrition work because I’m on my own on the road.
Being with people makes it impossible. Being without people makes it impossible.
Fill-in-the-blank makes it impossible.
Opposite of Fill-in-the-blank makes it impossible.
Modernity. It came. Humanity faced incalculable odds, intractable problems, and... solved those suckers. It was the hallmark of modernism: create solutions to ostensible impossibility. We sought to understand so we could do what the gods of myths once did only in stories. Mankind sent the summit. We fly. We control objects with our minds.
Postmodernism. It came. We asked, “maybe there’s no truth?” Solutions created more questions. It seemed some questions weren’t valid or answerable.
Today: post-postmodern. “My situation is impossible”. There is no solution. Heck, we look to find ways to substantiate why clearly solvable situations are, in imaginary “fact”, impossible and hopeless.
People talk about the victim culture. But it’s bigger than that. We lost agency, efficacy, the hope of modernity. People just forget about problem solving; they’re too busy showcasing indignation at manufactured power systems which “no one can overthrow.” Or “here’s another uncontrollable injustice which can’t be righted, rectified, let alone solved.”
How about this: just seek solution. Solve. Don’t talk about how it can’t be solved. Talk solution. Don’t emphasize impossibility. Put on the mantle of modernity. Overcome problems; don’t be overcome by them.
Your stated problem is someone else’s stated solution.