by Jennifer Bowman
You'd think that at one point, teenagers, celebrities, and other irritating people would simply grow out of making every aspect of life some intense, dramatic affair. Alas, they do not. With the invention of reality television, nationally televised celebrity court cases, and internet blogs, every problem ever to come about has been horribly, horribly overrated.
When people whined about such things as "so and so was TOTALLY talking behind my back", the channel was changed or the cool kids went off and laughed. Adults would tell kids to suck it up, or the much more mild and well-known "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names may never hurt me." I always got the good ol' fashioned "Stop that crying or I'll give you something to cry about!" But the population of whiny children increases with the lack of simple discipline and tough skin.
Everyone worries about these crazy kids with low self-esteem. The problem is absolutely not low self-esteem. The problem is -high- self-esteem. No one today has the heart to tell people the cold, hard truth anymore. "No, actually, your haircut isn't that hot I liked it better the old way. And you look fat in that, too." White lies don't help anyone in the long run. Really. A momentary lapse in ego is a LOT better than a mullet any day.
Celebrities are worse than teens. They're just like teenagers, actually, except with law immunity and getting everything they want. Also, for some reason, people just eat up their problems like carb-free candy bars. Brad and Jen? OOOOH. ANGELINA DID IT. Honestly, who cares? Brad is soon to be single again . I hope he likes this "Jennifer" theme amongst his women. Dating girls named Jennifer is a fad with Ben Affleck, too. Unfortunately, this fad has yet to catch up with the young men of Tallahassee.
But you'd think anyone would be able to handle simple problems of society. Remember the saying "Don't cry over spilt milk?" Does that apply anymore? Should we update the phrase to the comprehension level of society as well? Simon Crowell's got the right idea.
Okay, sorry, this all seems a bit too much, right? Yes, it seems mean. But do not think I imply that we should all be mean to each other now. No, honesty and cruelty are two things that people get confused way too often. Everyone deserves to be treated with a decent amount of respect and telling them the truth is not supposed to be this huge dramatic ordeal. It's just an opinion, and half the time, they asked for it. You can love someone and still be truthful. Virtues aren't supposed to clash.