punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,
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If it make you feel any better... things suck!

Okay, I have to rant about this "comforting phrase" people have been using ever since I was a kid, and probably way before...

Punk: Man, work was hard today. I wanted to leave early, but that's not going to happen at this rate.
Dude: If it makes you feel any better, I can't either, and I have a bad head cold.

No. No it does NOT make me feel any better to hear of other's suffering. Other people suffering bums me out, especially if that person is a friend or coworker. What a ghoulish thing to wish. It has never made me feel any better, like some weird superiority thing, that people are doing worse than I. Now I am bummed that my day sucks, and now it's affecting other people. Maybe there's a general malaise and now everyone's day is going to suck and there's nothing I can do about it. There's also a second way this is used...

Punk: Man, I am sick today. And my boss says we might have to take another pay cut.
Dude: Eugh... I am sorry. I guess you don't want to hear I had a good day and got a job promotion.

Why do people do this? I'd love to hear someone had a great day, it gives me hope to go on! Do people actually relish in other's misery? I guess maybe they are afraid I would be jealous, but that's just wierd.

Punk: Man, work was hard today. I wanted to leave early, but that's not going to happen at this rate.
Dude: If it makes you feel any better, I can't either, and I have a bad head cold.
Punk: Oh, thank God! Jesus, I am glad I am not you! Ha HAH! In your face, Mr. Sniffles!
Dude: I guess you don't want to hear I had a good day and got a job promotion.
Punk: No, you insensitive prick. God, how I hate you. I wish you would fall into a hole an DIE!

Is that the way other people converse?

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