Of course there are people who live by creating trouble as their raison d’être, like Baron Munchausen. In my thinking, life dishes out trouble anyway and automatically, so why make it more difficult? It may be cliché to say, but better to be part of the solution, rather than the problem.

People who are constantly negative are as impractical in thought, as people who are constantly positive. People who make even more mistakes to compound the problem as the pressure mounts, then bail, are another good example. As are people who fail to plan at all, or people who blurt out problems expecting magic, as though nobody else ever noticed it and just failed to wave their magic wand to fix it. Another example is people who insist on looping you in to their every issue.

I strive to not be an example of the above. I like people who fix problems and will fix problems with me, and try to cultivate relationships with them.

N.b.: “Munchausen Syndrome” is colloquially called “match pump” in Japanese. S/he who lights the match also yields the pump. Very descriptive. Almost poetic.

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