Problems are entertainment. Particularly though not exclusively other people's problems. The weather is usually a great and predictable source of complaint that bonds even the most disparate of strangers.
Discuss a problem on your social media feed and be guaranteed a frenzy of activity. We love to be outraged, for our sensibilities to be threatened, the bigger the problem the more ravenous we become.
Revisiting the UK I was surprised how a 3 or 4 year absence had negligible impact on keeping up with the soap opera's storyline. Same characters, same issues, same outrage, same problems - ZERO solutions. It's cleverly addictive as it plays into our default tendency to be Victim/Problem orientated.
When asked how I am, there's only one tone of response: 'terrific, #tree_bloody_mendous, #fan_bloody_tastic.'
Not to be delusional or intentionally annoying but it goes to the state of mind that focuses on attracting positivity (solutions) and I'm baffled when I get limp beige responses from the non clinically depressed - dragging me back to my soap opera era...
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