“It could be worse”

Yeah, that’s the problem.
This strange, “optimistic” response may be given to a question like “how are you?” or “how’s life?” Unfortunately, it’s not only true that it could be worse, but it often does get worse, and in fact it already is worse … perhaps not for you or me at a given moment, but certainly for other people in this world. Does the constant reminder of an uglier reality (knowing that we live in a world where that “even worse” not only exists, but is common) … and knowing there are poor saps whose lives are worse than ours … does that really make people feel better? Disturbing.

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