Thursday, July 8, 2010
What does "It is what it is" really mean? People are saying it all the time to me lately. In fact, I can't count the number of times I've heard it in the last year. Each time I hear it I think, "There's a reason I'm hearing this. I need to remember this." Yet even though I remember it, I don't really understand what it means so it's not really helping me to remember it. But I can't seem to forget it.
Answers? What does "It is what it is" mean? Is it like one of those theorems I had to memorize in geometry where if A=B and B=C, then A=C? So if it is = it is, then it isn't = it isn't but it is ╪ it isn't and it isn't ╪ it is? Must I learn what 'is' so I will know what 'isn't' and therefore 'know' that neither side of the equation can be changed?
Wait a minute. My sister has a quote on her blog that says something to the effect that if there was no change, there would be no need for butterflies and I strongly believe in butterflies.
The Butterfly Effect basically says that all it takes it the wispy flap of a butterfly's wings to produce enormous consequences far, far away. Well, then that would lead one to believe that it is = it is . . . at least until a butterfly moves.
It is stated that I have butterflies in my stomach when I am nervous. And usually I am nervous not only because I don't like what 'is' but because I don't like my level of involvement with what 'is' and so I am going to be altering 'it'. Once again . . . change.
So . . . is 'it' what 'it' is or not?