It Is What It Is

Is Fat Man a Stoic? On the Covid death toll: “It is what it is”.

The situation can’t be changed or mitigated.

It is what it is when you avoid a situation.

Change someone’s mind, or avoid a certain outcome.

It implies acceptance. Resigned to one’s fate,

Deal with it. A frustrating or challenging situation.

It can’t be changed and has to be accepted.

Response to a question which can’t be adequately answered.

Letting it exist in all its rich uniqueness.

Without having to categorise or analyse it.

We’re increasingly comfortable with states of potentiality.

Those that could collapse into different actual states.

Are we becoming more comfortable with ambiguity?

By letting things hang in an uncategorised state.

We come to a richer, more nuanced understanding of it.

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