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Tuesday, January 3

If you bury your head a little deeper

Maybe you'll suffocate.
Me, July 22, 2005

7 comments:

MC said...

My, that's twisted! That resembles something I would write!

Becky said...

I usually keep such thoughts to myself, but then I realized it could be seen as a useful bit of information.

Leo said...

What's supposed to mean exactly? To what or who is aimed at?

Becky said...

Supposedly an ostrich will bury his head in the sand when threatened by a predator. (I think it's a myth, actually, but the saying "bury your head in the sand" is commonly used). To "bury your head in the sand" is to avoid thinking about a problem or problems in hope that they will go away. It doesn't actually work very well.

My comment was probably made up when I was annoyed with someone although I recognize that most everyone, myself included, does this on occasion.

I think what I meant by my comment was maybe the person would ignore their problems to the point where they are buried by them completely. I don't really wish that on anyone, and I don't really remember who it was about in particular. It could have been about myself even.

Anyway, by the time I posted it for, it was intended as a sarcastic sort of warning.

Leo said...

Thanks for taking the time to explain. People tend not to want to think about their problems when they don't know how to solve them. The warning doesn't really help them solve their problems either, does it? It might just make them feel even worse.

Becky said...

Yes, it could make a person feel worse, but sometimes, too, a person may be wrong about whether they can solve their problems.

A little warning (or encouragement, or both) could prompt a person to rethink their problems and find that they've learned new things that could help them solve their problems. They could find that they were wrong in thinking they can't solve them. They could find that they were wrong about what the actual problem is or about how important some things are.

They could keep ignoring the problem for a while, maybe learn more about other things that turn out to be helpful. It's up to them to decide whether the warning is really applicable to them or not.

Leo said...

The warning is too abstract to be helpful and can be misunderstood as an insult.

If you have the skills and can help people with their problems or help people understand why they can't solve their problems it might be better to do just that than drop those maxims.