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Old 08-21-2019, 07:39 AM
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Is there a name for this concept, similar to the Peter principle


I was thinking how as a society the problems we still have are ones we are unable or unwilling to solve. All the problems we are able and willing to solve have been pretty much taken care of.

As a result in modern western society its uncommon (but not impossible) to die of starvation or exposure in winter because we're competent to solve those issues. However we can still die of cancer because we aren't competent to solve that.

So what's it called where individually or collectively, whatever problems you face are problems that we aren't competent to solve individually and collectively, because all the ones we could solve have been solved already?

The Peter principle implies you get promoted until you are no longer competent. It's similar but not exactly the same thing as what I'm asking.

It also kind of reminds me of something president Obama said about how only hard problems come to his desk. If it's an easy problem someone would've solved it before him.
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