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You are only limited by your imagination…and other such nonsense.

Yes. Nonsense.

I cannot STAND motivational sayings. They bother me. A lot. They are meant for the masses who are easily swayed into action and in dire need for a scooby snack. But at their core they are just a mass of nonsense and gibberish. Let me give you some examples:

“Positive attitudes = positive results”. Give me a pile of horse manure and a shovel.  If I start at the top and dig down to the bottom, no matter how positive I am that at the bottom there will be a pony, the results will be somewhat less than positive.

“Life is not how many breaths you take, but how many moments take your breath away.” I understand the sentiment behind this. But, by definition life IS how many breaths you take.  You stop breathing, you stop living.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Put down the crack pipe and step away from the keyboard. Folks, this is why drugs are bad. I am at a loss of words to describe how incredibly stupid and nonsensical this statement is.

“There is no ‘I’ in team.” Wow.  Glad you can spell. There are two “I’s” in “individual”, tho, making that two times better.

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars.” Um…if you were aiming for the moon and missed, you’ll be floating adrift in space…until your oxygen runs out.

“To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.” Or a really fast running start.

“Limitations live only in our minds. But, if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” No. Limitations are often imposed by physical, natural or other laws. No matter your imagination, somethings are still not possible. One can still not break the speed of light, no matter how imaginative we may be. Einstein’s theory of relativity, expressed as E=mc^2, basically states that, as an object’s velocity moves closer to the speed of light, it acquires more mass.  This, in turn, requires more energy to keep it moving. There comes a point where the energy required to keep an object accelerating towards light speed… oh hang it all. Just accept that somethings, no matter how much we imagine them to be possible, are not possible. Period. Deal with it.

“Fate is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not something to be waiting for, it is something to be achieved.” The dictionary defines fate as: that which is inevitably predetermined. Therefore, it is, in fact, a matter of chance or happenstance and not of choice. 

Basically, most of these little pithy sayings are matters of mixed metaphors and pie-in-the-sky-type thinking that energizes and rouses the rabble. But, if one ponders these little “gems”, they are just plain stupid.

Yes, I realize this posting is somewhat disjointed.  It’s just a pet peeve of mine.  These little sayings irritate me.  And I’m confronted with them daily, so I just needed to get them off my chest.

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  1. wingnutsunited
    June 15, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land amongst the stars." Um…if you were aiming for the moon and missed, you'll be floating adrift in space…until your oxygen runs out.Freaking hilarious!

  2. April 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    You obviously are limited by your ability to understand metaphors.

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