Don’t Just Do Something…

Every month I like to throw a new quote on the header for this site. The quote for this month reads, “Don’t just do something, stand there.”


We live in a world where people and events push us to react emotionally, or overreact, all the time. Whether it’s in personal relationships or in the mass media, we constantly find ourselves in situations where we are being pushed to react as quickly as possible – don’t just stand there, DO SOMETHING!!!

We’ve seen this repeatedly over the last year – immediately after a horrific event, emotionally traumatized people, fueled by the media, clamoring for those in authority to do something, do anything, to create an illusion of security against this same kind of trauma happening again.

If you’re in a true emergency, and are a first responder, it might be necessary to do whatever is needed in the moment, but not after the initial trauma is dealt with – not in the aftermath.

We saw this reaction after the tragedies of the Aurora Theater shooting, after the Sandy Hook school shooting, and after the Boston Marathon bombing. We will see it again next time a horrific event happens.

Problem – Reaction – Solution

One of the greatest dangers about reacting too quickly to events is the ability of people with their own agenda to turn a tragedy into a way to move their agenda forward. Sometimes they hijack a horrific event to steer our response, and sometimes they create the problem themselves to “shock and awe” the public into adopting their agenda’s goals.

This is a well-known social programming system called Problem – Reaction – Solution (also as thesis, antithesis, synthesis -the Hegelian Dialect)

Here’s a short little video by David Icke succinctly explaining how this works:

Audio taken from David Icke´s 1994 lecture “The Robots Rebellion”. For more information please visit

Problem – Reaction – Solutions In Action

We saw a classic example of this in the lead up to the war in Iraq.

Problem: First the big lie about weapons of mass destruction and talk of mushroom clouds being our first warning.

Reaction: Then a media-led fear frenzy to pump up the war drums and the demand that something be done about this…

Solution: Then, finally, the solution (which was the plan all along) – a massive “shock and awe” preemptive strike and war with Iraq.

In my experience, if someone is trying to hurry you into making a decision they probably don’t have your best interest in mind.

Go Slow And Make Wise Decisions

Maybe we can do something to prevent these kinds of tragedies from happening again, but we need to proceed wisely, with an understanding that we shouldn’t have to give up any of our rights or privacy to make our society better.

We need well-thought-out policies that reflect our traditional and shared constitutional values – not hastily passed laws that do nothing to make us safer, but instead just move us closer to the slippery slope of the authoritarian super-state (think Patriot Act).

Sometimes we need to just let the emotions settle down and let our heads get clear before making major decisions. We have a little rule around our house – no major decision making while in a depression. The reason is simple – any decision I make during a depression is bound to come from a skewed perspective.

It’s the same with emotionally traumatic situations. Any decision made in the moment is going to be from a very distorted perspective.

So my suggestion for these crazy moments is to not just do something, but instead slow down, take a deep breath, and stand there.

Links And Bonus Watching

If you would like to find out more about David Icke and take a nice trip down the rabbit hole, you can visit his website here:

Also – for more about how Problem – Reaction – Solution has been used over and over again, then watch this film – The Shock Doctrine.

Here’s the trailer:

And here’s a link to Naomi Klein’s website – The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism:

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