it is what it is (but it doesn’t have to be)

it is what it is.  why do people say that?  do they enjoy the symmetry of the first and last pair of words repeating in the same order?   

it’s the negative-calorie food of colloquialisms.  those foods are a myth, alas, but my point remains: the energy used to say “it is what it is” is more substantial than the expression’s significance. 

whenever i hear it all my Quaker toleranceyogic discipline, and meditative awareness evaporate.  i’m left apoplectic, yearning to yell,

“really, dumbest person on Earth?  is that how it works?  please, share more wisdom!”

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