Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The Script of Hollow Phrases

I've noticed that as we move through our lives we encounter so many occasions where our so-called friends and loved ones (as well as complete strangers) feel the need to barrage us with passages which I can only assume are taken directly from some script of hollow and yet socially acceptable phrases which allow us to comment or support our fellow homosapiens without actually utilizing any form of creative or empathetic thought. Every time we find ourselves in the situation to be on the receiving end of these comments we hope this will be the last time, but sadly I have reached a conclusion that opportunities to pull from this book abound throughout life and these occasions will never pass entirely. Even sadder perhaps is the fact that as we are listening to our acquaintances spew this dreck towards us in the guise of compassion or interest we are thinking "I will never say that to someone." and we all know from experience that unfortunately that is just untrue. We all eventually find ourselves in the place where we can take the easy road and blurt out one of these phrases as though we have thought deeply on the matter, or we can sputter something which might sound something like a child forming his first words and failing miserably at the attempt.

Examples:
Graduating from high school
  • Where are you going to school?
  • What are you majoring in?
  • That's pretty far from/close to home, how do you feel about that?
  • Are you ready?
Graduating from college/Seeking our first job
  • What's your degree in again?
  • What are you looking for?
  • This is a big change for you, are you ready?
Being laid off and seeking a new job
  • Did you have any idea this was coming?
  • What sort of job are you looking for?
  • Well don't worry the job market is hard/improving right now.
  • I'm sure you'll find something.
Death or Illness in the family
  • I'm so sorry for your loss *silence coupled with pained look of not knowing what to say*
Planning a wedding
  • When is the wedding?
  • Where is it?
  • Are you excited? That's getting close.
  • Where are you going on your honeymoon? Are you excited?
  • Don't worry everything will turn out perfectly.
Having a baby
  • I can't speak to this one from experience, but I have been told that mainly people feel the need to relate any painful or unpleasant experience anyone they know may have had dealing with childbirth or pregnancy.
Going through a serious breakup
  • I'm sure you will find someone perfect for you.
  • You were too good for him/her anyway.

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