Clichés become clichés for a reason. Tell us about the last time a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush for you.
The most obvious problem with clichés is their overuse. While it is fun especially the first time of anything, it tends to become too much when too many people indulge in the same thing. The real problem here becomes of ingenuity, no creativity, lack of originality or simply becoming generic. But that’s not the only case.
Equally the problem is the rest of the lot, who complain. “Oh thats such a cliché”, that is equally common (or at times more) which can be seen. A recent example can be taken is of Valentine’s Day. How much people love to complain about it being so fake, this and that, just for it merely existing without much thought, by both singles and couples alike. I find that more amusing. Okay, I’m a bit guilty here too, but not without reason.
By complaining about clichés we are becoming the monster we bemoan. Just like that example among countless others, there are (more) people complaining about them. That’s the real problem.
And as the title says, clichés are clichés for a reason. Well even if many don’t make sense, still. For one as I already said, simply because they are fun. Someone who visits the leaning tower of Pisa tends to take a photo as if he/she is ‘holding’ it. Couples kissing in front of the the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Or a similar looking phone tower for that matter. And this list goes on to eternity. If I ever visit a place of in such an event for the first time, I might tend to do it, or more probably not do it and do something different. Such things might lead to lack of originality but still doesn’t hurt.
And in cases they hold a certain amount of truth too. Take the one in the title for example. A bird in the hand was worth two in the bush. A sound advice. Personally there times in my life where that held more sense and truth, but that was purely contextual and depended on the circumstance. But coming here, it’s ironic that in the world we live in, even advice has become a cliché and people just love to step ahead and give advice without even thinking or following it themselves. In the end, why care?
The only thing we
can should do is just not overdo anything, and stop complaining about everything and let it pass. Time is the best answer (well in most cases), most things don’t last the test of time. Have fun keeping this in mind, and it can sometimes be useful too.