“Family” Trauma on Facebook
I hate the phrase blood is thicker than water. Of course, the people who share your same genetic defects will be more accepting of you than the rest of the world.
I blame Facebook for exposing me to so much of my friends’ personal traumas. In response to losing a friend, a break up, or a divorce, all of a sudden that person finds their family and plasters on their status some variation of… “blood is thicker than water”. In a lot of those cases, the usage doesn’t even make any sense. These people withdraw back to what they deem family.
The phrase would make more sense to me if they were actually referring to blood related family members, but most of the time, you see them plastering up pictures on Facebook of their step-siblings, distant cousins, girl friends, etc. hanging out with them in the aftermath of their personal trauma.
In all likelihood, the person who hurt you was a person you considered part of your little family network. Otherwise you wouldn’t be upset to the point where you would post it on Facebook. If you have a loose interpretation of the term family, don’t use the “blood is thicker” phrase… ever.
Maybe, the whole reason why your friend betrayed you, your boyfriend cheated on you, and your boss fired you is because you have the same awful personality as everyone else in your family. The very reason your family understands is because they have the same awful personality traits that you do and the same things happen to them. Maybe, if you didn’t have such an awful personality, you would have a great group of close friends who care about you just as much as your family does.
By no means am I accusing my friends on Facebook of having these problems, I just hate the use of the phrase. Though I have to admit that sometimes, it alerts me to the fact that they might have a personality defect and they might not survive the next time I purge my friends list.