Sunday, March 11, 2012

Trite and Small

Today I've been thinking about what is trite, and why we use those expressions.

Besides to avoid thinking and actually confronting life, I mean. And that goes for both others and yourself. 

"Follow your dreams." "Keep your chin up." "No one can make you feel bad unless you let them." 

It isn't that they're not true. Sometimes they are - to a degree. But they're also vastly oversimplified, and the truth is that these quips don't represent the diversity of experiences, of reality, very clearly. 

I suppose we employ these thinking shortcuts because we're so busy, and overtaxed, and maybe sometimes we use them because we resent having to invest in someone - or for someone - the time it takes to think something through. 

Maybe we cling to cliches like these because we so desperately want the ideas they represent to be the truth.

What do you think?


  1. I've always thought comments like that are trite. Dreams do not come true. You feel bad sometimes just because you do. Sayings like this fill heads with wrong ideas and ruin more lives than they help. You may set your mind to do something, but that doesn't mean it will happen. These sayings need to stop.

  2. I don't think I've ever said any of those things.