Get Over It, much like lube, can be applied to many things. Here are a few examples of things that should be easy to Get Over – the ‘Just Some Bullshit’ category:
- No avocado for your toast;
- Netflix doesn’t have the new season yet;
- Mild annoyances, like littering or loud tourists.
These are trivial or near-trivial inconveniences: Avocado is not mandatory when eating bread; it takes time, bitch; when you see mild litter, just pick it up; when you see loud tourists, put on earphones. Easy, low-effort, on-the-spot Getting Over It.
One step up is the ‘meh’ category, which might elicit some feels but not that much:
- The death of David Bowie/Robin Williams;
- Some dick spouting obviously ignorant bullshit on social media;
- The toilet is backed up cos some dick threw an entire roll of toilet paper into it.
This is a situational category, as a very small percentage of the population might feel much more strongly about these than other people: someone might be saved from suicide by music or comedy; the post might have engendered personal offense; and you might be desperate to take a dump.
If you find yourself triggered by one of these, remember: no one else cares as much as you.
The ‘meh’ category, much like lube, has its limits. For certain subjects, the percentage of the population that feels strongly about a subject may grow so large that it becomes a sizable minority – the ‘that’s a thing’ category. Examples include:
- Too many immigrants;
- Australia Day should be a Day of Mourning;
- Muslims are bad.
These subjects are tougher to Get Over because of the number of people that feel strongly about them. Whether they are morally right or legally correct have no impact on whether a person feels strongly for one side or the other – a highly educated person can be adamantly opposed to Muslim immigrants, and a white kid who didn’t finish high school can be a champion for Aboriginal rights.
Importantly, it is OK to Not Get Over some of these, since they all have sensitive emotional triggers:
- The whole point of immigrants is them taking up previously local jobs;
- bunch of white dudes came over, killed half your family, then squatted in your house for two hundred years and told you to work together with them from now on;
- Muslims are responsible for many high-profile acts of terrorism in the 21st century, and terrorism, much like lube, is scary.
More importantly, it is OK to argue for Getting Over Them, because many people still don’t care as much as you do about these things, and they react negatively to you acting so dramatic:
- Meh, I’m employed;
- Leave it alone we just want to have a day off with the family;
- Yeah, scary, but you’re a thousand times more likely to die in a car accident, yet cars are not bad and you drive every day.
Most importantly, do not be confused about what is making you feel strongly. Example:
- If Norwegian immigrants are OK but black and Asian ones are not, then it is not immigrants that you don’t like – it is blacks and Asians. i.e. a confused racist.
- If your response to Aboriginals protesting Australia Day is ‘they should Get Over It’ instead of ‘it’s just a day off cut me some slack’ or ‘we just want to wave a flag and pretend to be patriotic, doesn’t matter which day’, then it is not them calling it Day of Mourning that is upsetting you – it is the fact that Aboriginals are protesting. i.e. how dare they protest, aka., racism in confusion.
- If your argument for banning Muslims is not ‘I’m a coward, I don’t drive cos I might get run over, I don’t go outside cos the UV might give me skin cancer, and I don’t want Muslims cos I might die in a terrorist attack,’, but a combination of ‘Statistics show they’re more likely to be terrorists’ or ‘A culture that oppresses women have no place in our society’ or other soundbites that you don’t have strong feelings about, then it is not that Muslims are bad – it is you not liking Muslims, aka., generic racism.
When confronted by people who are upset that you are being racist, you might become confused and mightily offended – ‘wtf how is any of what I just said racist’ – and fortunately, there is an easy solution: just tell yourself what you would tell an Aboriginal person protesting Australia Day.
Get Over It.