This is a quickie, or should be. Being a bit of a collector: rocks, shells, beach-glass, deads, ribbon, gilt-edged plates, globes, maps, paintings, shoes... I've run out of space, without having run out of the instinct to possess. So I thought I'd start collecting platitudes. You know the sort of thing: 'Men only want one thing'; 'Women drivers!'; 'Kids now-a-days', to which a nodding response of understanding is given and no more is said, or thought. I hate that, that lack of thought. It's lazy and unfulfilling. It seems to me some people live their lives by platitudes, and if you ask them what they mean they look at you as if you're mad or stupid. So you don't ask. You nod too and then go off feeling faintly bewildered.
I reckon there's poetry to be had in these phrases for unthinking living. I could sit somewhere like our local cafe for the next five years listening out for them or I could ask you for contributions. Have you stumbled upon any lately, are there any you use yourselves - surely not! - or any someone you know tends to use? My mother was filled with the 'what do you expect, he's a man?' sort, sometimes she'd say them with bile and sometimes with a tone of indulgence or acceptance. I can't remember them exactly now.
There must be some new ones kicking about that I haven't come across because I spend so much time alone in my garret too. Eco-platitudes perhaps: 'They don't recycle.' 'Ahh...' nuff said.
All contributions gratefully received.