allow me to get a pass on using this nonsense phrase that i hate…
“it is what it is”
beg your pardon?
i hate it.
i hate the pervasiveness of it into our culture
I hate the fake-zen role the sayer takes on as they say this thing that
makes no sense.
“i’ve got no answer to the dire conclusion that we have come to so
am instead going to make noises with my face
and pretend it is riveting conversation.”
“i’ve got no way to actively fix the conclusion that we have come to
so i’m going to reference the fact that i’ve go no way to actively
fix it by not even actively making sense.”
and most of all, I hate the fact that it makes no sense.
IS. what. it. IS.
and of course,
what else could it be? as it is by definition impossible to be what it is not?
the fact that it is doing what it is supposed to
and being what it is supposed to be
shouldn’t even be remarkable.
it is what it is?
thats like saying
“look at that orange over there being an orange”
…yeah. of course.
it’s not pithy or even glib or trite.
it’s collective nonsense turned into slang.
(ok, when isn’t collective nonsense not turned into a thing? i’m looking at YOU-
every meme ever.)
self-depreciating humor! meta!
why is it even a phrase?
it would be something to remark upon if say,
something is what is wasn’t or shouldn’t be.
“look at that purple orange.”
slightly more remarkable.
“look at that orange doing graffiti.”
you should see his finger tattoos.
that is all, really.
don’t say it around me.
because i’ll hit you.
and when you complain
then i’ll say it.