|It's not worth it...
||[Jul. 21st, 2008|11:52 am]
"Please don't jump, it's not worth it" is what someone said to a man who was threatening to jump off a ledge and kill himself. Which I find, despite the tragedy of the situation and the heartache/trauma that the person who uttered the phrase is going through, after the person then fell off the ledge and died anyway, (That would be so ME -- come to my senses and then freaking trip while getting off the damn ledge and landing the hard way), anyway, I find that one of those phrases that you SAY without realizing how utterly ridiculous it is.
I mean, I know what the person MEANT -- that whatever course of events has led you here, they aren't traumatic enough to kill yourself over. Not that jumping isn't worth it -- because, really, if you want the end result to be "Game Over" then jumping off the ledge will probably deliver the value you were looking for...in otherwords, "worth it."
Unless of course, the Good Samaritan was trying to warn the guy that really, it wasn't enough of a fall and, really, as a suicide attempt, this was not going to deliver the value -- find a taller building, or harder surface to land on.
On a smaller magnitude of phrases you utter but don't mean them the way they come out...I'm always telling taxi drivers and airline counter people to have a nice trip. They tell me to have a nice trip and I say "You, too!" which is just dumb, since they're not going anywhere. (And despite Brian Regan doing a really, really funny bit around this, I still can NOT keep myself from doing it.) There should be a phrase that just stands for "generic platitude exchanged". A sort of all-purpose "you too" that just means "hey, you have a good one as well, whatever the hell "one" you're going to have"....
I'd admire "have a good one" more if it then didn't leave me obsessing over what we both meant by "one"...but no good candidate for a replacement phrase comes to mind.
"Hey, you Franklin Roosevelt yourself!"
Nah, that won't work....