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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #342

I hear the phrase "it is what it is" a lot these days. I like it. The words strike me as an attempt to express a minor epiphany. The speaker is announcing in a casual way that they accurately perceive an unchangeable reality and have accepted it as such. There's no defeat implied, it's just an articulation of consciousness doing its thing. To me, this represents the Zenification of America. An evolutionary step forward from "c'est la vie," which implied a weary, apathetic resignation. The Frenchification of America, if you will. Another phrase I've been hearing quite often is, "it's all good." This one really bothers me. A cursory look around would indicate that "it" is not even remotely "all good." This might represent the Canadafication of America.

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1st Aired: 02 May 2011

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