This is the second topic in my how-to guide. The first dealt with Avoiding Conviction. This one will help you distinguish whether or not you are dealing with a cliché, and offers my opinions on how it should be dealt with if you DO determine that it’s a cliché.
“What would Jesus do?”
“God said it, I believe it, that settles it.”
“Its not a religion; its a relationship.”
Seriously, if I asked you to tell me the clichés you hate most I bet I could get at least 100 comments! They are so annoying and meaningless, but the funny thing is that I’m getting sick of hearing how annoying they are. We all know clichés are annoying, why are we still talking about it? Lets simply ignore them, thus removing them from conversation, thus destroying any opportunity they may have of growing in popularity through our raising them to the level of being worth refuting or complaining about. The following questions may help guide you in deciding if something is NOT worth interacting with:
- Is it on a bumper sticker?
- Is it on a bracelet?
- Is it on a piece of gum, mint, a button, a shirt, a key chain or anything else where good sound arguments should not be located?
- If you read it in a book, has that book sold over 1 billion copies?
- Can it be said in 10 words or fewer?
- Does it rhyme?
- Was it written in Comic Sans?
- Was the person who said it famous?
If you said yes to any of the above you are probably dealing with a cliché, in which case you should ignore it and not contribute to it’s spread of influence. As a matter of fact ignore the first three sentences in this post! Thanks.