I’ve heard this said many times throughout my life, either to me or referring to someone/something else. It’s logic that people apply to situations so they don’t feel bad about themselves. Or it’s to belittle someone with. Someone told me that anyone can draw a picture. But that person doesn’t want to take the time to learn how to. Which is why that person isn’t good at art in general. This implies that I’m wasting my time while there are better things to do.
It took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It’s probably the best drawing I’ve ever done.
I’ve also heard that (as a photography major) anyone can click a button on a camera and take a picture. That photography is a worthless skill, and a picture is a picture. This implies that I spent 4 years of college wasting my life away. A picture with the top of everyone’s head missing and out of focus is equivalent to a nicely composed photo with correct lighting, sharpness and contrast. Aperture shmaperture.
Yup, same thing.
The first and last time I ever told someone my salary from my job as a graphic artist (I was naïve back then, never again will I discuss salary) I was told that I shouldn’t make more money than they did, as all I did was sit around doodling pictures all day, while they were saving the world by trying to cure cancer and diseases. This implies that our jobs define us by our status only, not by our ability. It implies that some people are better than others based on our chosen fields. While trying to cure cancer is pretty noble, said person was still in school and I was working a full time job after college. So they were probably bitter and looking for an argument.
I also enjoy hearing how anyone can be a mom. Anyone with a uterus can pop out a few kids. What’s so hard about it? This implies that women who choose to be mothers are taking the easy way out, so they don’t have to do anything meaningful, as in, a career. Yes, many women can be mothers. But it’s obviously not about that. You can be a good mom or a horrible mom. You can produce productive members of society (maybe ones who can cure cancer one day!) and well rounded human beings. It is hard work to take care of other human beings. One’s trying to stick their tongue in an electrical outlet and the other is trying to shove their head into a plastic bag and dinner is burning on the stove almost causing a fire as you’re trying to prevent one or both your kids from winning the Darwin award. So by stating that anyone can be a mom deduces the task to merely a physiological one. Congrats, you have fully functional reproductive organs.
Wait, did I even use ‘physiological’ correctly? I wouldn’t know I’m just a useless breeder with no salary.
I know what you’re all thinking: she must’ve photoshopped herself to make herself that skinny.
And the even smarter ones are thinking: she’s got mad skills in illustration.
According to this logic, I’ve comprised a list of things I can now say that makes me look like I’m better than everyone else without actually doing anything. And so I can sound like a jerk.
1) I decided not to be a classical pianist prodigy because I didn’t feel like practicing so much.
2) Anyone can be a doctor. I just didn’t want to get straight A’s and go to med school.
3) Its not that I can’t marry Brad Pitt; it’s that I didn’t choose to pursue him. That’s why we aren’t engaged.
These can be said to: prodigies, doctors, and the rest of civilization who has long drawn out obsession with Brad Pitt.