Physically Impossible Advice
The phrase “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” annoys me. It’s physically impossible, because of the law of conservation of momentum. What’s worse, that stupid meme started out as a joke. How arrogant and disrespectful, for the rich to offer, in jest, a physical impossibility as advice to the poor!
I am also annoyed by the demand to “turn back the clock”: another physical impossibility, due to the second law of thermodynamics. Time is one-way! The moment the clock hits 12:01 pm, then the only way back to noon is through evening, midnight, and morning.
And as for “the magic of the marketplace”; its main magic
trick is to make your money... disappear.
offer physical impossibilities as advice should show the rest of us how, by doing
something anatomically impossible!
If you know other physically impossibilities offered as fake advice, then please let me know. I would like to weave as many of them as possible into a single absurd sentence, just to see the result. For instance:
May the magic of the marketplace summon the invisible hand to turn back the clock to when you could pull yourself up by your own bootstraps!