“IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, EH?”
How bright are humans that we have to state the obvious for the sake of conversation? Why say anything? Why not smile at the other person and remain silent? But most people fear silence, and feel that they have to say something. If we are going to say something, then why not say something worthwhile?
We have had a patch of cold weather in Toronto. I suspect that this has something to do with it being Winter, but I am not sure. Everywhere I go some genius says, “It’s cold outside, eh?” This is why we have the power of speech?
I hold back and agree with the genius. What I really want to say is, “Really? It’s cold outside? I had not noticed. This snot running from my nose and frozen to my upper lip must have distracted me.”
What worthwhile topics are there for conversation? Certainly not the everyday weather. Severe weather might be a worthwhile subject to talk about. Talking about a tornado could take up an evening’s conversation. Everyday weather? We must endure it whether it is hot or cold or wet or dry. There’s no point in talking about the weather to someone else who is experiencing the same weather you are.
“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”
– An Old Scandinavian Saying
By the way, did I mention that it is cold outside?