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02 May 2012

Complications of Complaining

"This sucks"
"I hate this"
"This is the worst"
"I can't stand it"
"Why is my life so terrible?"
"Oh my god..."
Complaining is common and largely inescapable for most people, but completely illogical. There are only two things you can complain about: stuff you cannot change and stuff you can change. If you complain about something that cannot be changed, like the weather, wherein lies the point? If you complain about something that you can change, why the hell are you not changing it? It seems like a major waste of energy to complain when you could be figuring out ways to fix whatever problem is afflicting you. If you don't like your job, improve it or find a better one. If you aren't happy with your body, go to a gym and change your diet. If someone is bothering you, talk to them and figure it out. If you don't like Michigan weather, move to Florida. If you aren't happy, be. Leo Tolstoy that $hit. If you cannot change any of these things, deal with it. Complaining isn't going to change anything so don't waste your time.
Unless wasting time is your goal and complaining is your coping mechanism for hardship, then by all means go for it.
I just did.
Hypocritical? Hell yes.
Went Al Gore on this $hit.


  1. If only it was as easy as that. Not every situation can be altered as easily as you describe. And just because you can't change your predicament doesn't mean you can't voice your opinion about it.

    I agree that people often complain about things and situations which any other man would be dying to have to deal with, but you can't just generalize complaining as a negative.

    I actually appreciate many instances of complaining; from online product reviews, to opinions about professors, and even more complicated situations, other people's complaints help me make a better decision to avoid falling into their situation.

    While our generation in particular is much too accustomed to hitting up Facebook with their "first world problems," remember that voicing opinions, no matter how negative, are the first steps toward solving a problem, whether they be taken by you, or someone inspired and acting through your experiences.

    1. Anonymous02 May, 2012

      I definitely agree with the point you made Rossen. I was using the word "complaint" to define random whining. I agree that negative feedback is very useful, like amazon.com reviews as you suggested. Voicing opinions are indeed the first steps to bettering the present state of things, as long as the criticism is relevant and directed. Voicing an opinion about the crappy weather, for instance, can lead to developing a better umbrella (lame example, but you get the idea) so that can be useful if people use that feedback for constructive purposes. Once the issue is addressed, the 'complaining'/whining on that situation can end unless another problem that can fixed arises.
      Thanks for the comment!