Keep Most Problems to Yourself

The Point

The most important lesson about people and problems is the obligation to do something helpful; never attack and never become entangled yourself.

If someone in fact has a well-earned reputation for broadcasting problems, be supportive, ward off any attackers—because wicked people like to beat on the oppressed—and encourage them with the insight bystanders naturally troubleshoot our problems when we divulge our problems publicly.

If you have a real problem, ask for help. Some will be quick to provide the minimum you need, being their brothers’ keepers while preserving your dignity by carrying the equivalent of your own weight.