There are worse things to be in this world than nice.
April 22, 2014 | The Future | Print #3
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I always congratulated myself silently for the compliments I would receive. “Smart” and “funny” are as close to high praise that you’re going to receive from a room full of mean-spirited teenagers. But what does it matter? Being smart or funny doesn’t make you happy. “Smart” plus “funny” does not equal “good” or “decent.” Aren’t those things important, too? Is anyone ever just trying to be a decent person?
We — and I’m using “we” to refer to that specific category of kind of geeky, self-righteous girls on the internet who silently judge everyone while claiming moral superiority — need to sort out our priorities. What do we have against vanilla? What right to we even have to decide that other people are “vanilla” ?? Maybe that nice girl from high school had like a really hard childhood and decided to make life as bright as possible for everyone else. I don’t know. Neither do you. And that’s kind of the point.
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Taylor is a Los Angeles-based idiot with a degree in English from the University of Chicago. She wants to write your favorite TV show.