In declining civilizations, people try to solve problems by pretending they don't exist. Predictably, this is not a good strategy. Some problems don't go away until you solve them.
The mark of young civilizations is that the people in them are daring, bold and fearless. They seize on problems and rinse them clean and throw them out with the morning trash as just another thing they won't be worrying about.
I find it interesting that people who are so scared they cannot face any of their problems eventually create situations that would even scare the hell out of people who are normally fearless. This is what comes of just ignoring things until they get so bad they cannot be ignored any longer. My country is famous for doing this - you could consider Australia a nation of people who have procrastinated dealing with any problems in a serious fashion for more than three generations. Tony Abbott may be the first prime minister since the 1950's who has set himself an agenda to cope with priority problems without flinching. I hope he succeeds in dealing with the train wreck he was left by the former administration.