Mine is a generation that quotes things. Perhaps, given that we are still young, we adopt other’s philosophies as we are learning to grow our own. Maybe this current culture is so entertainment-obsessed that we’ve lost a little part of ourselves in the sitcoms, daytime dramas, films, and other media that occupy so much of our time. Or maybe quoting things makes it easier for us to relate to one another — using your own words and ideas makes you much more vulnerable, after all. Whatever it is, I love a good quotation as much as the next baby boomer’s kid.

The problem with this trend comes when we adopt these quotations as life philosophies without a second thought. (I find adopting anything without a second thoughtgenerally tends to be a bad idea, be it philosophies, babies, or even plants — who knew my roommates would be allergic to ivy?) As you’ve probably guessed by now, I have a prime example. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard it: Tom Cruise looks at Renee Zellweiger and says, “You complete me.” So simple. So sweet. So romantic.

So wrong.

. . . to be continued . . .

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