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The difference between problems and predicaments

There is a distinction made by John Michael Greer in his writings about the difference between a “problem” and a “predicament”.  I have really enjoyed his view on this.  A problem is something that has a solution that can be solved and gotten past. A predicament is something that you have to deal with but cannot solve in the sense that you can implement something that will make it go away.  Both climate change and peak oil are predicaments for humans and not problems that can be solved.  They will both require significant change over much time for us to cope with their affects and yet will still be with us. For a taste of John’s writing go to http://www.ageoflimits.org/ (you may also enjoy looking over this web site) and click on A Needed Conversation by John Michael Greer.   This is on the right side of the web page. Enjoy Tom Anderson

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