On crying wolf

People who complain a lot often get dismissed as “crying wolf” or otherwise making things up for attention.

But this isn’t right. People complain a lot for a lot of different reasons.

Sometimes people cry wolf a lot to prank people.

Sometimes people cry wolf a lot because they are being attacked by a pack of wolves and getting rid of one doesn’t solve the problem.

You have to pay attention to what someone is saying and what they’re saying it about, not just how often they complain.

Sometimes things really are that bad.