Dictionary?

chal·lenge

[chal-inj] A noun, verb, chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing, adjective noun

1. a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength, etc.

2. something that by its nature or character serves as a call to battle, contest, special effort, etc.: Space exploration offers a challenge to humankind.

3. a call to fight, as a battle, a duel, etc.

4. a demand to explain, justify, etc.: a challenge to the treasurer to itemize expenditures.

5. difficulty in a job or undertaking that is stimulating to one engaged in it.

prob·lem

[prob-luh-m] A noun

1. any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty.

2. a question proposed for solution or discussion.

3. Mathematics . a statement requiring a solution, usually by means of a mathematical operation or geometric construction.

adjective

4. difficult to train or guide; unruly: a problem child.

5. Literature. dealing with choices of action difficult either for an individual or for society at large: a problem play.

According to the rule of positivity, we’re no longer allowed to use the word “problem”. Why? Because it causes defeatism and negativity – at least that is the general idea.

But there is a problem here; we all know what the word “problem” means and it makes us muster and try to resolve the problem. By starting to use another word, changing the entire concept, we… What? Rise to the occasion?

Again, this current insanity is taken from sports and the theory of positive team spirits. The more positive team spirit the better the results. But then, everything isn’t sport! Is it?

The blatant refusal to treat problems as problems, by sweeping them under the carpet (because that’s what this means), is outright dangerous! It blinds us and renders us incapable of acting.

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