It’s More Satisfying to Give Advice than to Receive It

Even the most elite newspapers have had to scramble to maintain adequate revenues. Headlines are increasingly designed to attract readers. I confess to being drawn to catchy headlines, like this one, yesterday: “My Neighbor Has a Very Annoying Emotional Support Dog. What Can I Do?”

I find that it’s more satisfying to think what advice I would give than to read advice that someone else gives. In this instance, my analysis of the situation is that the neighbor’s dog has an emotional problem and that it needs its own emotional support dog. I would counsel the reader to obtain an emotional support dog for their neighbor’s dog, using care to make sure that the support dog doesn’t have its own emotional problem. If it does, I don’t need to tell you know what that would require.