The radio station news reader presented the usual drizzle of sad, frustrating stories about the current state of the world. Another story about negotiations regarding coronavirus relief legislation on The Hill mentioned yet another politically motivated impasse in the discussions.

There have been so many dead-ends and blockages in our world during the past few years. The stoppages encompass more areas than Federal and State governments. The trend seems to be worse everywhere, this year. We might say that 2020 has become a symbol of impasse.

Individually and collectively we are facing a more than average number of challenges requiring decision-making. In many instances it is unclear about which options to choose. As we weigh the possible scenarios, they seem equally helpful or equally unhelpful. We spend hours thinking and perhaps overthinking about which scenarios will yield the most favorable outcomes. Considering the pros and cons only makes the decisions feel more difficult.

When we reach an impasse it’s helpful to look at the situation from a different perspective. Are we missing something obvious? Analyzing from another viewpoint could include seeking outside advice and feedback. An outsider might have a viable solution. We might also discover that we have placed a veil over our faces in order to avoid facing the deeper issue. We get caught up in tiny details as a way to stall the inevitable. If we ignore the big picture long enough, maybe it will just go away. Unfortunately the more we procrastinate, the obstacles become more insidious and we surrender to an unhappy default solution. Avoidance enables further stagnation and disagreeableness.

While we face a serious impasse and are enmeshed in a mental quagmire, it seems impossible to come up with the best decision that will benefit everyone concerned in the scenario. The indecision is further complicated by information overload. Maybe we’re putting too much stock in other people’s opinions, so we grasp at straws in quiet desperation. This is the time for a short recess. The colloquial expression, “sleep on it” might be the best thing to do. The morning will bring a clearer view. At least, a fresher mind will make it easier to sift through the arguments and select the most relevant option.

In the real world of legal and political problems, reaching an impasse appears to be the default position. All the involved parties are fully invested in their own perceived needs. There is little or no empathy about other perspectives and the head-butting continues. The impasse will not be resolved by stubbornness. Further compromise and calm negotiation is required. This may require finding an objective umpire to guide the process.

It may be a case of going down the wrong path. When we reach a cul-de-sac in the physical world, all we can do is turn around and start over. A re-start or rebooting might be the only option during very serious stalemates.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Martin Luther King, Junior. “Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies–or else? The chain reaction of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars–must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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1 Response to Impasse

  1. Spouses, friends, states, countries, whatever level you look at — it’s to everyone’s benefit to compromise and to respect one another. Sometimes the circumstances, or inflexible people, truly prevent this from happening, though.

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