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7/3/10

conspiracy theory

Sometimes I think those "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters are Mormon code for "Shut Up and Act Like Everything is Perfect."

15 comments:

Natalia said...

I've had that same thought

Mrs. Clark said...

Oh, it's supposed to mean something else?

Seriously, though, when you come from a crazy, contentious, let-it-all-hang-out family like mine, ratcheting the drama down a notch or two makes sense. Which means take a deep breath and realize that one doesn't always need to be offended at everything.

The Boob Nazi said...

I don't even understand those posters.

MJ said...

Well said.

JustMe said...

Sweetie, that isn't Mormon code, that is life's code. It used to be that we didn't "air our dirty laundry in public", but now we hope our laundry is really dirty so we can share it on TV.

I am old enough to think life was better when we kept it to ourselves.

Stephanie said...

sweetheart, i think we're all old enough to know the difference between "airing our dirty laundry" and desperately trying to convince the world that nothing. ever. goes. wrong.


you ever see me post a blow by blow re-enactment of the fight with a family member? nope. see me share the time i accidentally squitrted saline water out my nose and all over my shirt right before i had to teach a class? sure.

Lisa Louise said...

could not agree more steep. and no of course we don't air "air out the dirty laundry" on our blogs per say, but I agree with steep often utah mormon culture dictates that we are supposed to be quiet and just pretend life is fine. That is not the healthiest way to deal with an issue!

~j. said...

Worrrrrrrrrrd.

Natalie | The Bobby Pin said...

I feel that same way. But-but why must we keep calm?

dalene said...

Right on JustMe.

James McOmber said...

Remember this?

http://shuckslbj.blogspot.com/2010/03/nile.html

Becky said...

exactly.

JustMe said...

I can't speak to Utah Mormon culture, but I don't think that pretending nothing.ever.goes.wrong and everything.is.perfect is just a product of Utah, or of Mormons.

Sometimes the things you see are a product of people all over. I know both Mormon and non-Mormons who like to pretend all is wonderful.

Sarah said...

Are these the posters hung in underground stations during the Blitz? Are we on the same page?

If so, I own one and feel compelled to defend it. When I see my poster I don't think "pretend like everything's perfect" I think, it's OK that I haven't showered for two days. Or it's OK that my daughter will be two in two months and I still have to lift her into the fridge to find out what she wants for breakfast.

But maybe I love because I have an open obsession with propaganda.

Krista said...

Dulurking here. I've loved reading your blog for quite some time.

I love this post. This statement strikes me as so passive. I think we are socially irresponsible individuals if something is unnerving us collectively, yet we don't act. If we don't join together to address the inequality, injustice, etc., where exactly is the place we'll be "carrying on" to? And do I even want to be there??

I'm grateful for the rights I have as a woman because of brave women who would not accept the status quo and continue on. Though I guess this comment depends on a particular read of the poster. Certainly these women stayed focused on their goals and carried on through considerable resistance. But I don't read the poster as a pro-social movement slogan.

Keep up the thought-provoking posts! Loved the one on modesty today too. The modesty lessons I give are "value your body" lessons - don't let the media make you feel that you must be overtly sexual in order to have worth.