Changing things up, I’m taking over the Thursday AI from Sam. Don’t worry, this won’t hurt a bit.
In fact, “don’t worry, this won’t hurt a bit” is kind of what today’s AI is all about. Twice in the last week I‘ve heard my least favorite bit of ‘folksy wisdom’, the condescending and positively incorrect “That which does not kill you makes you stronger.” Hatehatehate this for so many reasons. Wildly untrue from biological, practical, literal, and logical perspectives, it’s also just so damn cloying.
Humans are fragile creatures in the world, and essentially dying every day of our lives (or at least moving towards death). How does it help to gloss over that with a outright lie? Bah. Hate.
What are your least favorite platitudes? Why? Do you have any little life instructions that do work for you?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm ET.