The other day I read an article about global warming, and something about it keeps bugging me.1 My initial reaction was that someone would figure it all out; someone always does. But "someone" doesn't seem to be getting very far this time, and this is a big, important, world-changing problem. So, I thought, why is that "someone" not me?
Tonight my roommate, who is British, turned to me and said,
The way I learned to think about problems in the U.K. is different than how Americans think about problems. When confronted with a task, I think first about the obstacles and how to overcome them. Americans seem to first identify the ideal solution and then consider what revisions may need to be made to make that solution realistic.