We live in desperate times when the combination of an omnipotent social media and slipshod education has produced a generation whose philosophical IQ is measured out in clichés. I call bullshit! Let me demonstrate with a random selection of the trite musings running around the Internet these days.
The meek shall inherit the Earth — Yeah, I know it’s biblical, but in 2017 some Wall Street investment broker with a roomful of lawyers is going to contest the will.
Age is only a number — You ever notice the people spouting this nonsense are all under 35?
That which doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger — Clearly, whoever thought this one up was never hit by a bus. When they haul you away from that little mishap, you’ll wish to hell the bus hadda finished the job.
White Privilege — Why am I being arbitrarily profiled because my ancestors happen to come from Northern Europe? We have a name for people who judge other people by their racial ancestry. . . .
Everything happens for a reason — Do you really think the universe cares if you fall down the stairs? Google Copernicus, ya moron!
Do what you love and the money will follow — I want to see the person who’s going to pay me to eat Doritos™, drink Pepsi™ and binge-watch Netflix™.
Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans — This is nothing more than a bad excuse for never making any plans in the first place.
You have to look through the rain to see the rainbow — You’re at a bus stop on a deserted highway. It’s 9:30 at night and pissin’ down rain. You haven’t seen a bus, a car, a person or a stray dog in over an hour. Three bikers pull up and ask for your wallet. Oh, look! There’s the rainbow!
If life hands you a lemon, make lemonade — This might be true if life also handed you a pitcher, some water, sugar and something to stir it all with, and — BTW — one lemon isn’t going to make very much lemonade.
Money isn’t everything/Money can’t buy happiness — I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor: take a wild guess which one I prefer.