This actually kind of bothers me. A lot.
I get the point it’s trying to make about how there are far worse things in the world to suffer than typical teenage and young adult angst.
But the fact that someone else is suffering in some way does not negate the fact that I am suffering in some way in the same way that someone who is experiencing better fortune than I am doesn’t negate my happiness.
The pain of someone losing a brother in military combat does not negate the pain of another person who lost a brother to a drug overdose or drunk driving accident.
The fear of an uncertain future in a combat zone does not negate the fear of an uncertain future in a high school student facing a crumbling economy who may or may not have any family financial assistance or support.
The grief over losing an old friend due to the friend being sent away to serve in combat does not negate the grief another person experiences when an old friend must leave their lives for any other reason.
None of these things negate each other in being better or worse. They are simply different. Implying that one persons experience can negate the validity of another’s is not a good path to start down because it all turns into one big pissing contest.
Yes, there are worse and bigger fears and hurts and longings than the typical american young adult faces.
No, the reality that there are bigger badder scarier things out there does not eliminate the reality that there are things that are big and bad and scary to me.
(Source: rubaiyatxcix, via amaterasu-san)