“We are where we are.”
“It is what it is.”
You hear these expressions a lot. They crop up all the time. In fact, I bet you’ve used them yourselves once or twice during the last few days.
I know I have.
It’s because these self-repeating expressions seem to capture the downbeat and slightly bewildered mood of the nation.
And that’s not just down to Brexit. They reflect these strange times generally.
It’s as if everyone’s ability to have a view or opinion on anything has been completely muted. We are reduced to stating these meaningless platitudes.
What’s more, by stating things twice-over seems to reinforce the sense of fatalism which now pervades us all.
Or at least it’s giving those who would otherwise be expected to be more optimistic, permission to throw their hands up in the air, take a deep sigh and resign themselves to the fact that things just haven’t worked out as they wanted.
That’s all well and good, but when you hear our senior leaders and politicians mouthing these expressions, you do wonder.
Surely, they should be able to offer more clarity and concision for those of us looking for a bit of leadership and direction?
Oh well…we are where we are.