There’s a trend among us that I feel may be seeking to swallow us whole. I call it “the witness of worser woes”… or, more succinctly WWW. True, the word worser is not actually a legitimized word in the English language but it certainly captures the spirit of what I’m seeking to describe. WWW occurs when someone mentions a struggle, affliction, ailment, trouble, aggravation or grievance that they are experiencing. Whomever is listening immediately one-up’s them by hastily announcing their own particular struggle, affliction, ailment, trouble, aggravation or grievance. Contestant #3 then chimes in by maximizing a steroid-version of the former lists and adds a dash of intensifying superlatives which remove all doubt as to the person who actually has it the the roughest. This little game can go on for hours and everybody leaves having done their best to appear their worst.
None of us would want to be characterized as the winner of this contest but I am afraid that there is more frequent availability of our tongues for bemoaning than there is for blessing. Perhaps a lighthearted look at this will help us to gain perspective. I first saw the Monty Python clip below when I was around ten years old and I have never forgotten it. It’s a three minute poke at what I’ve written about above and, if you can navigate the actors’ thick accents, you will be amused…and hopefully instructed.