"see and learn a ton..."?? "truly incredible people..."??
Why can't I stand such hyperbolic terms? It seems so superficial. What ton did you see and learn? In how long a time? I mean this girl stays so short in countries as she was after the record (Guinness of course) for the youngest and fastest.*
What do we care if you saw and learnt a ton? Good for you. If you did, tell us a kilo or even 100 gram or even a gram of what you have learnt that is worth knowing for us too. So that we learn something useful.
How can she know that these were truly incredible people? How much did she get to know them? I understand, they must have been very good to her and very hospitable, that's another thing. But just that doesn't make them incredible people, plus the "truly" in front of it.
Words have weight. Sadly for me, too many people, in fact 99.99999 % of the people on earth, if not more, do not know how to use them responsibly. They are not proficient. I understand, they haven't reached that capacity/maturity yet, nobody has taught them, but we really should work on educating the youth about the use of words and meanings. That's how we construct our lives.
Why does it bother me so much? So what if she has written “see and learn a ton...”?
It matters because it is a sentence that concentrates on her, she claims to have acquired knowledge without any evidence of support. Just like Jessica claiming she has “deep and intense knowledge of the world.” What's her “deep and intense” knowledge? Where does she share a milligram of it?
Don't make any claims, big or small, without any evidence. Our world is going down the drain because too many people take such claims at face value without ever questioning them.
There are many truly incredible people out there -many who are just ordinary people with the capacity to face whatever life throws at them; or many others with genuine hearts, with great devotions to special causes. But don't say you've met “truly incredible” people if you do not fill it up, back up your assertion with anecdotes, examples etc. it has no meaning. Tell me their stories, tell me what makes them incredible so that I can be inspired. If not, just don't say anything at all. Don't write something that is not worth reading and waste my time. I know, it's our social media culture, it's our short messages, it's our fast lives which leaves us no time to spend on thinking; we prefer to have a look and scroll on.
I know why I am bothered so much. Because we are being primed towards superficiality. And I cannot stand it. I cannot just be a bystander watching all this and keeping quiet.
Just like I'm the Idiotic Rules Police, I'm the Superficial Words Police too.
Unfortunately for me, just like the idiotic rules, nobody really cares much for superficial words either. On the contrary, they conform and adapt similar patterns, leading our world to be populated by idiotic superficial beings. The sad part is that I have to live among this society. As I cannot bear it, I isolate myself. Then again, I need a community. I am still looking for my tribe.
* Don't get me wrong... Taylor is one of the travelers that I do not have anything against. I mean apart from the senselessness of her running after a record that is. She is humble and decent, no fake or pretense claims; no using her sex, no ego pomp like gorillas like most of the other record runners. She is open and honest about her airport transports too. It's out on her website how long she stayed and what she did. She was also cautious to come up with the claim before confirming with Guinness, so she is like me in that sense. She doesn't want the sensationalism before she has earned it. (Or perhaps too afraid she might be left with a deflated balloon.)