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It's with problems that are "owned" by other people. If they do not have any motivation to change the state of things, it's almost certain that things will remain how they are. Reminds me of a law I once read about. So, if you want things to be different I think that your choices are limited to:
1) change the force so that some movement of the issue happens
2) route around the problem like a stream when it encounters a rock in its path
3) shut the hell up, move on, and focus on issues that you can change
Now #1 sometimes can be impossible if you don't have a lever big enough. #2 might not be an applicable option. That leaves #3. The problem with #3 is that it never actually solves anything. It's a good "I'm too tired of this issue right now, I'm going to move on to something else". The problem will continue to be a pain and it will resurface again and again until someone can figure out how to do #1 or #2 - lather, rinse, repeat.
Since #3 is always going to suck, each time you come to a problem you need to either have be carrying a big enough stick to make the problem go away OR to be able to totally sidestep the source of the problem and come up with an alternative solution. Otherwise you're stuck in some kind of eternal return.Posted by jim at May 20, 2009 10:57 PM