The citizens of “Dodge City” like to dodge problems and conflicts. They don’t always appear to be literally avoiding. Dodging has many faces. It can be obviously deflective – like changing the subject when an uncomfortable topic emerges. It can look like doing something fundamentally deplorable just to make yourself look good.
Dodging can also be hostile or antagonistic – like hurling an accusation back at someone who just gave you honest feedback you didn’t want to hear. Or maybe, it’s putting up a smoke screen of some kind so no one else recognizes what you want to hide.
Whatever it looks like, dodging does not address or solve a problem, it flees or fights. It is coming from a place of reactionary powerlessness and fear. Sometimes this is called being “passive” or “passive-aggressive”.
The expression “time to get out of Dodge” actually implies making a decision based on a wise assessment. It’s a reference from the classic TV show, “Gunsmoke”: Things are looking bad (even dangerous) in Dodge City, Kansas… You are not shrinking back from a problem or conflict. You have surveyed the whole town and its inhabitants. The townsfolk are picking fights or playing dumb at the mention of their misdeeds. You won’t work toward a win-win here. Winning this battle requires making an exit. Ironically, in this case, avoiding a problem is the brave solution.
Have you been lodging in Dodge? Have you considered leaving Dodge to travel to The Land of Partnership?