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What Is the Meaning of the Mysterious Phrase, ‘It Is What It Is’?

"The reality of the One is inexpressible yet self-evident, since 'to be' in its most basic sense signifies to be immutably and absolutely, to be undifferentiated and outside time" -- Leszek Kolakowski, Main Currents of Marxism, pg 13.

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April 19, 2013 - 9:05 am


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While I have no knowledge of its original meaning it's current application is a lament for losers. passively accepting a situation as opposed to mustering the effort to change it.
49 weeks ago
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Reality is unchanging, despite my perception of it or wishes to the contrary.

It is an acknowledgment of universal truths that exist outside the observer and therefore a rejection of the worldview that perception changes reality and there can be multiple truths.

On a less philosophical level it is used with people who understand reality and seek to reject it anyway. I use it on people who whine and moan about the way things are: 'it is what it is,' so deal with what it is instead of what you wish it were. It's akin to "no use crying over spilled milk."
51 weeks ago
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It is a fundamental acknowledgement of the law of identity.

Ayn Rand put it this way: "A is A".
52 weeks ago
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To any vision must be brought an eye adapted to what is to be seen - Plotinus

It's the way a baseball umpire sees the larger world. Believe your eyes, throw aside bias and accept what you see, or else reality will throw you aside.

It is not about a rock, but whether you can convince yourself its hardness can be transformed into softness. Water is wet, not a mailbox I can marry and raise a family from.
52 weeks ago
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Love, hate, jealousy, lust racism are where you find them. They are not where you expect them to be, nor where you want them to be.

So if a gay, minority, female is talking hate-speech, it is what it is. To a liberal, it isn't.
52 weeks ago
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Liberals think too much. As did the guy who wrote this book.

All roads - and all trains of thought - lead to the grave. That's all anyone really needs to know about the "nature of reality."
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
That's the way it is. Pffffffffft.
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
The hell with that. I still haven't figured out what "diddy-wah-diddy" means.
52 weeks ago
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Socrates: See this rock?
Plato: Yeah?
S: Look at it.
P: It's a rock.
S: It is what it is.
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