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Is this a profound statement?

Asked by Shippy (9852 points ) August 19th, 2012

The other day whilst visiting a Homeopath and discussing anxiety he turned to me and said “Someone said something very profound to me…”. I was all ears “The worse thing that can happen to you, has already happened”.

Well I personally find this as about profound as my socks. Because tell that to a guy just before he got run over? Or am I just missing the ‘profoundestness ’ of it? What are your thoughts?

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ragingloli's avatar

This is rubbish.

Symbeline's avatar

Well, technically, it isn’t really true. I mean, if something bad has happened to you, and then for the rest of your life nothing worse happens, then it’s true…but only by default. Something worse could definitely happen. That saying can’t tell that.
It’s optimism with a nice intent, but it’s also fallacy. Wouldn’t cheer me up, and I don’t find it profound, either. Maybe I’m missing the part about perception and trying to turn bad events into something positive but eh…

fremen_warrior's avatar

Depends on what you consider profound. You might interpret it and then it may turn out to mean something deeper. My understanding of this phrase is: you were born here.

gailcalled's avatar

You paid this guy for his time and wisdom? Milo and I dole out better advice and charge nothing.

filmfann's avatar

It depends on what had happened to the speaker. Had a pit bull owned by the guy who repossessed his house, just bitten off his testicles?

bookish1's avatar

Nope, sounds like a wank-fest.

Shippy's avatar

@bookish1. That was too profound! Didn’t get it.

tom_g's avatar

”“The worse thing that can happen to you, has already happened”

Is the “worst thing” having just paid real money to visit a homepath? If so, then maybe this statement isn’t too far off.

Trillian's avatar

No. Not only is it not profound, it is ridiculous, presumptive, and cynical. If he says that to everyone in hopes of pointing up the suckers so that he can further swindle people, I hope you fell on the other side. Otherwise, he’s going to sell you on other ideas that empty your wallet and make payments on his house.

flutherother's avatar

It is not a profound statement and you could have demonstrated its falseness to him personally by ramming his stethoscope somewhere he would have trouble ever finding it again.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It ranks right up there with don’t eat yellow snow.

bookish1's avatar

@Shippy: They don’t say “wank” where you come from? I meant… it sounds masturbatory and pointless…

What did you say to the guy in response after he bestowed this pearl upon you?

SuperMouse's avatar

It sounds awfully silly to me. If you see this person again I think it would be interesting to find out exactly what this is supposed to mean and why they find it so profound.

poisonedantidote's avatar

“So I can smoke asbestos and go blow 100 hobos with bloody dicks and everything will be ok? Gee! Thanks Mr.”

CWOTUS's avatar

It’s really a silly statement, unless…
1. The speaker feels that “being born on Earth” (as @fremen_warrior has suggested) is “the worst (not ‘worse’) thing that can happen to you. One might say that to a group of people (or any individual person whom one doesn’t know) as the only thing about that person that one can know with absolute certainty. Everyone you can talk to has been born. I don’t think that it’s possible to make statements about anyone else’s life with enough certainty to assert more than this. So, if you’re alive, then you’ve been born, and this is the most I can know about you before I know anything else. In that case, he can make his silly assertion.

2. If the person thinks that we live multiple lives (serially, a cycle of birth-death-rebirth, over and over again over centuries and millennia) and is willing to assert that ‘this cycle is everyone’s lot in life’, then he may be able to assert (whether you agree with him or not) that “you have already died”, and “you have done that over and over again through time”. In that case, if dying is the worst that can happen to you – and it might be possible to make that argument (though I’d prefer to argue the counter-proposition that dying is not the worst that can happen to a person), then he can feel confident in his assertion.

In any case, I think he’s wrong in his assertion that it’s a profound statement, and wrong in the statement itself. I also think he’s wrong in his choice of profession, so it looks like he hit the trifecta with me.

Blackberry's avatar

It is not profound.

ucme's avatar

It’s pretentious claptrap & that’s putting it politely.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

The statement is about attitude. Change your attitude about the things that are occurring in your life, and you can change their impact on you emotions.

Do I believe that wholeheartedly? No. I wouldn’t be whistling a happy tune in front of a firing squad. I wouldn’t be smiling apishly in front of a bus about to run me over either.

But then, it is possible to be faced with bad situations and events that we can choose to look at and detach from and move toward a neutral stance. It’s possible to be happy in the face of turmoil.

kess's avatar

The thoughts of a man creates his circumstances, thus to have any dread of the future, is to create it for himself.

For it true that whatsoever a person situation is, the dept of the negativity of it resides only in his perceptions and not the situation itself.

So the man who have not understood this age and his purpose in it, the worst thing that could happen is has already happened and that is being born into it…

Nevertheless, as his understanding becomes enlightened, he will understand and see that being born is actually the best thing that could happen to him, but to get to the point of enlightenment, he must put away all fearfulness, thus it is imperative that he view his present and future in the positive Light.

So then to accept that the worst that can happen already did, is his way of preserving the positive mindset.

Sunny2's avatar

How does anyone know what is going to happen next? What is past is past, but the future is unknown. You can have faith that the next five minutes is going to be non- eventful and be sure that is a 99.9% true prediction. It’s that other .1% that you can’t know. Unlikely, is not the same as definitely not. We all live with uncertainty and manage it pretty well.
He sounds like a jerk. Or he’s selling platitudes as if they were wisdom. You sound smarter than he is.

Shippy's avatar

I was really looking forward to his delivery of a profound statement!! I tend to show on my face how I feel. So must have looked comical to him at that moment. However I do try, don’t always succeed in looking at things a new way. Or an idea so loved some of the interpretations here. I will stick with my socks opinion though!

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