Wife E is is studying Conflict Resolution, as her third-last subject on the way to a Bachelor of Theology degree. I can say with confidence that the default South African conflict-resolution strategy -- among many possibilities -- is the "Escape Response: Denial". It is the first on E's list: one acts as though the problem does not exist, or one refuses to do what should be done to resolve it. This "usually makes matters worse". Which confirms my intuitive "take" on this approach, elsewhere on this blog. And yet people make it the approach of choice -- not least in the Church. OBSERVATION: Presumably, part of the denial would be that denial does not make matters worse. It reminds me of the prime minister of Japan after Hiroshima (and before Nagasaki): "Kill by silence" (黙殺).