Everyone’s Life Sucks–My Interpretation of a Quote from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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This particular quote came from the episode titled “Earshot” in the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Due to an icky encounter with a grotesque demon’s blood, Buffy was told she may inherit some aspect of that demon. Lucky for her, it was not scales, or horns, a tail, or another appendage closely associated with the males of the species, hahaha! It was telepathy, a.k.a. mind-reading! For any average high schooler, this may sound like a lot of fun! Hearing the answers to questions in class, knowing exactly what that boy thinks about you (ewww…not so much!), etc. Unfortunately though, this is Sunnydale, so of course she over hears an imminent threat to kill everybody in the school! And, of course, this is heard in the lunchroom, so there is a ridiculous number of suspects! So the Scooby Gang jumps right on it to find the culprit.

In the end, it all pointed towards this one kid, Jonathan, seeing as he sent a note to the school paper that he hopes they will eventually understand why he had to do what he had to do. So Buffy rushes to save the day, breaking into the school clock tower where she spotted a glint of sunlight sparkling off of a serious weapon. Above is the speech she gives to him to entice him to not go over the deep end and start pulling a Columbine (Native Coloradan, that is the one I think of) on Sunnydale High! (This episode was a bit of a controversy because of Columbine. It’s original airdate was September 21, 1999, exactly six months and a day after the Columbine High School Shooting.)

However, it turns out that Jonathan wasn’t going to shoot anyone else! This massive piece of artillery was going to be used for suicide, not homicide. Either way, I think the message works.

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I recently joined a BtVS group on FB, and I simply love the random things they bring up about the show. This one was from a post on “What’s your favorite Buffy quote to pick you up when you’re feeling down?” That is not a direct quote of the question posed on the post, but it is the gist. I forgot about this one. When you feel like the world is against you and you are so alone, just remember that they are probably “ignoring your pain because they’re too busy with their own.” Everyone’s life sucks. You are no worse off, nor better off, than anyone else in the big grand scheme of things. I believe that is another point to make–that you are NO BETTER either! And treating someone as such leads to situations just like this! We need to acknowledge that everyone has their own demons to fight, and that we are in it together. I think if we accept that everyone is miserable, can own up to it ourselves, then maybe we can find a way to be happy together!

Love you Buffy!!!

Oh, P.S. and I hope it is not a spoiler, the real culprit was the lunch lady, hahaha! Xander popped in for a pre-lunch snack, and caught her pouring rat poison in the tuna surprise!! (Hahaha, I don’t know what they were really eating!)

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