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I saw a story on the TV news last night about city officials who decided to use perfume to mask the odor of the local sewage plant. According to the print version of the story, it costs about $120 a day to spray one of three scents: blackberry, vanilla or creamsicle.
And it made me think about this quote from a book I recently read.
“Most of us try to seek an answer to the problem; we are concerned with the solution, and not with the problem. We want a conclusion, we are looking for a way out of the problem; we want to avoid the problem through an answer, through a solution. We do not observe the problem itself but grope for a satisfactory answer. Our whole conscious concern is with the finding of a solution, a satisfying conclusion.
Often we do find an answer that gratifies us, and then we think we have solved the problem. What we have actually done is to cover over the problem with a conclusion, with a satisfactory answer; but under the weight of the conclusion, which had temporarily smothered it, the problem is still there. The search for an answer is an evasion of the problem.”
Page 136, Commentaries on Living, J. Krishnamurti