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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon
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March 2014
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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon [userpic]
Do you ever wonder...

...what people mean by the phrase "I'd do anything for you"?

I mean, they keep playing the new-ish Bruno Mars song where he laments that he'd do anything for his Belle Dame Sans Merci. He'd catch a grenade, step in front of a train, and do any number of things that would lead to his death, but I have to wonder if he'd, oh, run naked through the Vatican. Or commit murder. Or torture someone. Or instigate/participate in genocide. Or have sex with animals/small children/inappropriate inanimate objects.

I always have to wonder if people who use that kind of hyperbole just have really, really limited imaginations. Or if they think love justifies anything at all, which is a concept I frankly find terrifying.


Current Location: Land of OMGWTF?
Current Mood: curiouscurious

I think most of the time it is a lack of imagination, and also an implication that of course the person wouldn't really do anything. This is why it is much wiser and more accurate to say, "I would do almost anything for you." Or indeed, "I would do anything for love, but I won't do that."


I mean, it sounds romantic, right? And there is a kind of romantic ideal about doing anything to win/keep one's love... but, it's so shortsighted.

It's that kind of thinking that leads to ignoring the signs that one's love is cheating (or worse, is a serial killer or something.)

(Meatloaf totally has it right -- there are things that one shouldn't, in theory, be willing to do.)

I'll be glad when the stupid 'I'd jump on a grenade' song stops being on 2-3 times per work shift, because, the guy needs to seek out a better class of beloved if he's that devoted and she thinks stomping on his heart is fun.