Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday Poll


First World Problems.
I am getting kind of sick and tired of people using the phrase "First World Problems" to nullify arguments.  By and large the things people complain about on the interwebz are petty.  In fact being able to complain about anything on the interwebz is a result of living in the First World (you know, as opposed to the Third World).  Don't get me wrong, having low bandwidth does not trump not having clean drinking water, but aren't these two things mutually exclusive?  I think so.  Just because the Third World lacks sufficient money and infrastructure to produce clean drinking water for its villages does not mean that people living in the First World can't be disappointed in their "First World" infrastructure not being able to provide more bandwidth  It's one thing to complain about a long line at Starbucks and then follow up that you acknowledge that your complaint is a "First World Problem" but it's another thing to jump into a conversation that two people are having about a change in the level of service a business provides and try and stop the lamenting by saying "First World Problems" and consider that contributing to the conversation.  It's not contribution. It's just rude and ignorant.  Aren't customers allowed to be dismayed if the level of service from a business changes for the worst?  Yes.  Does it mean that those very customers don't CARE that there are people in the Third World without clean drinking water?  No.  Of Course Not.  One thing has nothing to do with the other.  I saw something on Twitter the other day that said "Over 30,000 Somalian children died recently as a result of famine, but more importantly, Facebook changed their layout again. Life's hard!" That's the equivalent of a "First World Problems" contribution to a conversation (I mean if you consider twitter conversation)  Just because people are upset with change does NOT mean that they don't care about the fact that Children are starving in this world.  Should everything spoken be only directed at lamenting over Third World Problems?  And I ask you, Of those people that do draw that comparison, what are THEY doing to solve those Third World Problems they claim to care so much about?  I bet you less than 5% of the people that say "First World Problems" to shame people from complaining actually do volunteer time, money assistance to solving those Third World Problems.  I'm not saying that the changes on Facebook or splitting Netflix into two different companies is the end of the world.  Of course it's not.  In the big scheme of things it's hardly a blip on the radar.  I'm just saying that, unless you are personally doing something to end Third World Problems, find a more constructive way to remind your friends that their complaints aren't as woeful as they appear to be.
THANK YOU to Rebecca and Eri for helping me clarify my point with comments they left on my Facebook page.  Without them, I wouldn't have made as much sense.
On To The Poll!

1.  Lip Of The Day? - Chantecaille Lip Chic in Calla Lilly. It's a sheer brick red which shows more brown plum on me...but on NORMAL people it would look more brick red.

2.  If you could eliminate one thing from your morning beauty routine, so that you never had to do it again, what would it be? - I would eliminate having to do my eyebrows. I would love them to be colored in and arched perfectly without my effort.

3.  If you knew you could not fail, what would you try? - Flying.  I have always wanted to be able to fly.  I have dreams about it.  That or robbing a bank. (JUST KIDDING)

4.  It's well over a month away...but have you started to plan your Halloween costume yet? - Nope.  I'm not dressing up..as far as I know, but I already have Darthypie's Costumre.  He's gonna go as Captain America!

5.  Most recent beauty purchase? - Chantecaille New Classic Palette.  I love it!

6 comments:

  1. 1. Lip Of The Day? - Mac Ravishing. Looks like it's my go-to of the moment since it's going so well with my go-to blus Illa Lover.

    2. If you could eliminate one thing from your morning beauty routine, so that you never had to do it again, what would it be? - eyebrows too, that's such a pita to have patchy non existant brows!!

    3. If you knew you could not fail, what would you try? - creating my cosmetic company with my 3 makeup addict BFF's. Seriously.

    4. It's well over a month away...but have you started to plan your Halloween costume yet? - No Halloween here :)

    5. Most recent beauty purchase? - Got my Nars Outremer e/s and 2 Nars liners in the mail, love them.

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  2. 1. Lip Of The Day? - Burberry Lip Mist #203 Brown Sugar

    2. If you could eliminate one thing from your morning beauty routine, so that you never had to do it again, what would it be? - Ooh. I'm with you on the eyebrows there.

    3. If you knew you could not fail, what would you try? - Hm. Cure cancer?

    4. It's well over a month away...but have you started to plan your Halloween costume yet? - Ah... not really. But I usually just do dramatic/costume-y makeup anyway.

    5. Most recent beauty purchase? - Burberry Lip Mists in #201 Cinnamon and #203 Brown Sugar - positively love them!!

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  3. 1. Lip Of The Day? - Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry, I am trying to use the Baby Lips line (I got several colors, and a clear for nighttime) as much as possible for a few weeks in hopes of improving my lips...really liking the Baby Lips line so far :).

    2. If you could eliminate one thing from your morning beauty routine, so that you never had to do it again, what would it be? - It would be eyebrows for me too, it's the only thing I do because it feels like I need it, everything else I do for fun.

    3. If you knew you could not fail, what would you try? - I literally have no idea lol.

    4. It's well over a month away...but have you started to plan your Halloween costume yet? - I am not going to dress up...I did get sparkly pink glow in the dark nail polish from Rite Aid that I'll wear but that's about it! My son is probably going to be Iron Man if we can find a toddler size (probably Super Hero Squad).

    5. Most recent beauty purchase? - 4 Maybelline Baby Lips lip balms, Revlon lipstick...usually it would be fancier lipstick but CVS was having a good deal so I figured why not. I was getting the lip balms anyway.

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  4. I haven't used that phrase to denigrate others' complaints, but I've used it to joke about some of *my own* silly pet peeves that I recognize as such.
    1. Shiro Cosmetics "40 Cakes" Intertube
    2. Ditto on eyebrows, but lashes would be nice too.
    3. Try law school for the 4th time. >.> Or maybe SCUBA dive.
    4. Haven't had any ideas for Halloween yet.
    5. Most recently received new Shiro Intertubes, but most recent actual purchase was some Lost In Makeup Land samples.

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  5. 1)Chanel Allure Velvet La fascinante
    2) My hair! Dying it and doing my hair every morning, I have no talent!
    3) I LOVE the Olympics, I wish I could be an athlete, like a gymniste or a figure skater and participate to the Olympics
    4) I thought about it but didn't start bying anything yet
    Again the geisha will be an easy way out but I want to be more original this year!
    5)MAC brush 226, Chanel Allure Velvet lipstick in La Fascinante and ombre Illusoire in epatante. :)

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  6. I only ever say First World Problems in response to something I'VE said, I'd be pissed if someone said it to me! D:

    1. Lip Of The Day? - Nothing today, but yesterday it was a Rimmel Kiss Off Lipgloss in Paint the Town (awesome fuchsia with purple flakies)

    2. If you could eliminate one thing from your morning beauty routine, so that you never had to do it again, what would it be? - foundation/concealer. I'd love to have zero blemishes and no under eye circles, and perfectly matte skin.

    3. If you knew you could not fail, what would you try? - Flying. Or being immortal. But I suppose the latter would involve throwing myself off buildings to prove that I hadn't failed, which is not a particularly pleasant idea...

    4. It's well over a month away...but have you started to plan your Halloween costume yet? - Planning to dress as a pedophile for a uni party, not sure if it will actually eventuate though :P

    5. Most recent beauty purchase? - I don't even remember, because I've placed so many orders in the last few weeks and they've all been arriving at different times, some faster than others. I am gonna place a Halloween order with Darling Girl tonight though!

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