Is a Problem Really a ‘Problem’ ?
Adjective ‘Relative’ means changeable or something which is temporary. It also means changes occur when other things change. On the other hand, absolute means unchangeable. It is permanent and timeless. Problems become relative in nature when these are influenced by human perceptions, the specific character of a time period and by the complexity or simplicity that a specific place offers.
For example, during a mass problem, if folks remain in a crowd, it shapes the psychological aspect of the problem for that period. Especially, panic , fear, curiosity try to dominate then. The emotional brain takes over the rational brain for a certain period and that influences the true aspect of a problem. On the other hand, when humans start to move from emotional brain to rational brain over course of time, they get closer to the solution.
The way we see a problem is a Problem.----Stephen R. Covey
Perception plays a great role in molding our sense of a problem. If our way of seeing a problem is wrong, there is surely no possibility that we can reach to solution of that very problem. Seeing is like maps and if you see wrongly, your destination will certainly be wrong. Every individual’s way of seeing is different. That is why there are multiple ways of explaining a problem .This attitude can increase the level of the complexity of the problem. At the same time one thought, opinion or view may stand out as the solution for the problem.
As attitude towards a problem matures from multiple views and perceptions, its true nature is influenced by dozens, hundreds or thousands of paradigms. Among those, as time passes, one true paradigm is found to be the solution to the very problem.
Time plays an important role in creating the perception of a problem. Many problems we find at a time and then we find it vanishes as the time passes. The same problem is not deemed to be same everywhere, meaning that perception of a problem changes as places change. Another important factor which attributes is human’s emotions and feeling originating thereby. For example, humans perceive same problem differently in different emotional states. There can surely be significant difference between a happy man’s perceiving a problem and an unhappy man’s one. Moreover, group plays a vital role. For example, an individual behaves differently when he perceives the problem singly and when he is in a group. A group’s motivation can deviate him from the true attributes of a problem.
Nature is absolute. If any problem occurs, nature corrects itself. Human endeavor eases or worsens the remedy. The characteristics of nature is linear. The paradigm of nature is single. Nature follows the straight path always rather than the curved multiple ones. Every human created system also follows natural laws. For example, all the natural beings are honest and truthful. Human’s created systems are also like that. Those are based on truthfulness, honesty and other virtues. If anyway these systems get corrupt, we see the standard from the deviation, sometimes collapse.
Now the question is whether you will be ruled by the problems or you will command the problems.
If humans fail to find out the true paradigm of the solution because of their ignorance or wrong perception, they tend to be commanded by the problems for long. Sometimes it creates an imbalanced situation meaning that some people get benefitted for nurturing a problem for long and that is why they do not want it go. On the other hand, another group surely suffers or incurs a loss in terms of any forms.
Any problem never stays for long. It must go today or tomorrow. But it is the human behavior which determines whether it will be short living or long living as it feeds or starves a problem. If it lengthens, corruption fills up the vacuum. Again nature solves it in its own way and balances again. That is how civilization approaches centuries after centuries.