Another Seven Methods of Disposing of Problems

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In the previous article, I posted a list of Seven Ways to Resolve a Problem.

That was a list of ways to resolve a problem, as in solving or not solving it.

In this article, I have a list, found in old notes, of ways to dispose of a problem.

dis·pose Verb /disˈpōz/

1. Get rid of by throwing away or giving or selling to someone else. 2. Kill; destroy.

Here is the list:

1. Solving / The problem is solved. / Example:  a candidate has to take a professional examination and the candidate prepares for it, takes it, and passes it. Example:  The boss fired the manager who did not get the job done.

2. Death / The person who has the problem—or the person creating the problem—dies. / Example: The witness had a horrible accident and died.

3. Disappearance / The problem disappears. / Example:  On the day the computer may be flooded by the rising river, the river does not rise enough. Example:  The pesky prosecution witness does not appear in court.

4. Remoteness of hazard / The problem is very unlikely to occur. / Example: An employee blows the whistle on the CEO for doctoring the financial reports to the board.

5. Postponement / The problem is postponed. / Example:  A heavy snowstorm prevents the board meeting.

6. Abstention / The problem is avoided. / Example:  Allergy to chocolate requires one never to eat chocolate. Changing the financial reports is unethical and illegal, so don't do it.

7. Abandonment / The problem is let go. / Example:  How do we travel to the stars? We give up; we cannot go without dying on the way. How do we get a functional government? We can't; the political system is beyond repair.

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