Thursday 8 December 2016

If a problem can't be solved, it's sometimes better to just try and live with it, Enda

Gerard O’Regan

Published 17/09/2016 | 02:30

'He just has to cope the best way he can, as those around him jostle, connive, and plan for whatever will best suit their individual political futures.' Picture Credit : Frank McGrath
'He just has to cope the best way he can, as those around him jostle, connive, and plan for whatever will best suit their individual political futures.' Picture Credit : Frank McGrath

''If a problem has no solution it may not be a problem - but a fact, not to be solved, but to be coped with over time." Such is one of the many asides uttered over a long life by former Israeli President, Shimon Peres, who is seriously ill in a Tel Aviv hospital this week.

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Old Father Time is proving a tough opponent for the 93-year-old, who suffered a major stroke a few days ago. But Peres - who has survived many a battle over nine decades and more - is, despite being gravely ill, still hanging in there. Latest reports describe his condition as "serious but stable".

However, the suggestion of his, that certain problems simply cannot be solved, should surely be embraced by sundry modern-day politicians. Instead, they insist on pursuing a doomed quest of trying to reconcile the irreconcilable.

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