It’s like the truth, only better.

It’s plainly obvious to young adults that there is nothing solid in the world and there is no truth. An ancient verity lost for a thousand years has reappeared in the language of the shopping mall.

Any Generation Y conversation, particularly involving females, is framed in the comparative. Every sentence starts with: “It’s like…” as in “It’s like, I went to the shops.”

Or: “Like…” as in “Like, I give a sh*t.” As annoying and redundant as this is to adults, it strikes at an awkward notion.

My very proper Sydney private school impressed upon us the importance of substance over style. Cranbrook’s motto, Esse Quam Videri or “to be rather than to seem” was a sturdy notion for life among the fakes and phoneys of the Sydney money set, but now seems as irrelevant as the ancient Greek declensions I learnt in Mr Uebergang’s class.

 As I have experienced a little of life, I have discovered that everything seems to be something. It’s like, everything’s like something else, but nothing, at the same time, if you follow. Frustratingly, there is actually nothing that like…just is.

Don’t expect any help from the dictionary. Even the definition of truth has a rubbery, mutually agreed, kind of feel.            

  1. Conformity to fact or actuality.
  2. A statement proven to be or accepted as true.
  3. Sincerity; integrity.
  4. Fidelity to an original or standard.

Verisimilitude, or the quality of appearing to be true or real, is about the best we can hope for when the bedrock of truth is only conventional wisdom.

And 14-year old girls know it, just listen to their conversation.

This is a crushing blow to even the best of journalism. It’s like, the truth is out there, but like who gives a sh*t? Perhaps this is why so many people are seeking their truth in literary fiction or movies these days.

2 thoughts on “It’s like the truth, only better.

  1. The power of verbal conversation is being lost in the Western World. Relying on technology to communicate we are forgetting the power of verbal conversation. The result is evident in the Gen Y who talk in “code” C U B4 U C M or when frustrated find ease in the use of foul language and aggression as a means to ‘get their message’ across.

  2. I’m sure a group of 14 year old girls understands the power of their verbal conversation, even if frustrates their parents or their educators and that probably holds some power in of itself. 14 year old girls aren’t meant to be completely understood, I’m not sure many of them would have a complete understanding of themselves. I’ve noticed those over the age of 50 using words like cool, hot etc., and abbreviating conveniently “see you” to “cu” in text, when I’m in a hurry I do it myself. And what would be considered foul language now? I’ve heard it used in Boardrooms continuously, the word fuck is used to show occasional frustration, sometimes useful.
    Sure, the truth is out there but it’s only going to be our truth anyway, not everybody’s and 14 year old girls are more acutely aware of that than anybody else.

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