Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stupid Memes #1

“You are not just here to fill space or be a background character in someone else's movie. Consider this: nothing would be the same if you did not exist. Every place you have ever been and everyone you have ever spoken to would be different without you. We are all connected, and we are all affected by the decisions and even the existence of those around us.”
Quote by David Niven

This is image macro of a quote , ladies and gentlemen, is the epitome of eye-rolling heroic nonsense. This is the sort of thing parents tell their children to reassure them that they are, in fact, "important" and "special." 

There are plenty of people who "fill space." Our prisons are filled with people who are doing nothing but filling space. Our policies are such that people with disabilities who want to work can't because no one will hire them, so they get to "fill space." It's common knowledge that many of our elders "fill space" in retirement homes, too.

There are plenty of background characters, too. Most of us live and die without anyone really noticing at all. If you don't believe me, consider the last time you watched the local news and heard about all the people in your city who died in accidents or fires. Did you mourn them? If you're the religious sort, did you pray for them? Did that news affect you at all?

Simply existing doesn't change anything. That's just silly. That, ladies and gentlemen, is heroic nonsense.

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