“Believe me, it’s not what it is”
Is the cliche, “It is what it is as stupid as it sounds?
If it is, why is it used so often?
Most cliche’s are trite and reflect a negative, but unanimous consensus, that says we can’t do anything about a situation that is what it is.
And so we throw up our hands and all agree that we have to put up with whatever we are talking about and there seems to be more of these situations day by day.
Cliche’s have been around for a long time, they just seem to change with the generations of the times and the latest stays in vogue until the next comes along.
For example there once was, “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever will be will be . . .) that Doris Day made into a song and everybody bought into, for whatever reason.
Then there was, “That’s the name of the game,” and for some reason whatever the situation was we labeled it with that cliche and did nothing about whatever it was we should have done something about.
And the shortest one-word cliche was, “Whatever” . . . It seems to me to be much like the Japanese waving the white flag during World War II in the Pacific and saying “No Mas.” Well, I guess they didn’t say that, but I know they waved the white flag.
Why do these negative cliche’s, that we can do something about, take on a negative connotation that we readily buy into and do nothing about?
In 2012 the nation bought into Obama as a second term president when we could have done something about him based upon his first term of lackluster performance, and did nothing, and now we say, “It is what it is.”
During his first term he rammed through ObamaCare with a Dem controlled Senate and House, and now we say, “It is what it is,” and do nothing.
And yesterday, Bo, the first dog flew on his own plane to The Vineyard to be with the First Family on vacation. I guess he’s not welcome on Air Force One. Could this be dog racism, or just, “It is what it is . . .?”
Is this phenom a crowd mentality where it is easier to buy into what it is, rather than do something about what it should be, because it’s easier to accept what it is realizing that you can’t do anything about it after all?