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Lynn D. Dewees

Two farmers are standing by the fence.
A dog is nearby and the dog is howling like crazy.
Farmer 1 says "Is that your dog"
Farmer 2 say "Yup"
Farmer 1 "Why is he howling like that"
Farmer 2 "He's sitting on a burr"
Farmer 1 "Why doesn't he get up?"
Farmer 2 "He'd rather howl".

I was 8 or 10 when I read that story (I'm 61 now), but I've been amazed my whole life how true it is.

And you're right, you can't fix other people's problems. Just listen politely, make noises or nod your head at the appropriate points and sympathize. Only give advice if you are asked for it.


So Hillary was Mansplaining to the WWC? Maybe that's not the right term. Male relationship noob fail?
"I had such a bad day at work. I've told you that Raimundo and Genevieve are such suck ups, and..."
"Hey, I had an idea of what you could do about that."
"Don't you know sometimes I just want to be listened to?" Door slams.

Isn't that what you're describing? These conservative men, in defiance of all their professed personality traits, just need a shoulder to cry on? What do you do with people who just do not know themselves?

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