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Do You Care About Whether or not I Care About What You Care About?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by mellowinman, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I know, that sounds cumbersome, but bear with me.

    Do you care about whether or not I care about what you care about? And do you care about whether or not anyone else cares about what you care about? What about caring about not caring about things that you don't care whether or not anyone cares about?

    Personally, I don't much care about caring about whether or not anyone cares about caring about anything that I do care about, but sometimes I find I do care just a little bit about caring about whether or not anyone doesn't care about caring about things I don't care about.

    One thing:

    When I was a kid, I had a naive, simple belief that when I truly didn't care about caring or not caring, I could express it by saying, "I COULDN'T CARE LESS."

    THAT was a simple, declarative sentence, without a hint of irony. I literally couldn't care less!

    So my friend Scott, when we were about twelve, is arguing with me about something, and he's being a turd, and he says, "I COULD CARE LESS."

    I could care less?

    Man, that whole thing set my world on edge. So you COULD care less? So you care SOME? What does that MEAN???

    I was thrilled in my cognitive superiority over Scott, who wasn't the brightest boy, and I was certain he meant to say "I COULDN'T CARE LESS," but had heard it wrong, like Archie Bunker would do from time to time, and then I realized something that almost struck me dead right on the spot.


    Saying "I COULD CARE LESS" as a SARCASTIC DECLARATION, where the declarative phrase means the OPPOSITE of what it sounds like it means!!!

    I immediately busied myself, not only not caring about whatever I had cared not to care about, but also making sure to not care about things I had always cared about, and reached a level of apathy that made me realize that not only couldn't I care less, but I had come all the way full circle, and truly COULD care less.

    It was a gala day, and really, a gala day is about all I can handle.
  2. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Oh yeah, this question was about MUSIC, so that's why it's in THIS forum.

    Not caring about whether or not anyone cares about what I care about when I'm not caring about not caring about MUSIC.

    Uh HUH.
  3. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I could care less about this thread.

    No really, I do care a little as evidenced by this response and just wanted to express that I'm capable of caring less. In fact, It would be smarter for me to.

    Sadly, I'm not quite that smart. In fact, I'm kinda starting to care more.
  4. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
  5. michael_atw


    Feb 28, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    I like when people huff about "I could care less". I love using it sometimes just in the manner you describe.
  6. If a woodchuck...
  7. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    This topic was already covered in a thread about a month ago.

    My answer now is the same as it was then. You can't control what other people say, do or think so why worry about it?
  9. I think that people who couldn't care less are just lazy. They could care less if they would just put a little effort into it.
  10. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
  11. Anonymatt


    Jan 3, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I went through this first when I was about six. I didn't want people to know if I cared whether or not the picture on my lunch box was showing when I carried it. Drove me nuts. Now I call this conundrum "compounding interaction".
  12. ma4rk


    Jun 28, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    OP: you need a hug!
  13. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    You've obviously put quite a bit of thought into this. I'm curious though, why do you care how much effort people put into not caring less? Doesn't that mean you more or less care more?
  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
  15. I think I just had a stroke. Thanks. Not that you'd care.
  16. I wish you didn't care at all, then I wouldn't have wasted 2 minutes of my life reading your post.
  17. I could care less but only if I was motivated and had a decent snack. Since this is not my thread I'm taking the lazy way... I couldn't care less, but only for this instance... usually I care more... more or less. Do you think that is care less or carelesness?

    It doesn't take that much thought if you are a writer type
  18. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    And I truly do care that you care about that 2 minutes, but I am concerned that you don't care about the rest of the time that has been wasted.
  19. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Caring is sharing and vice-versa.
  20. Ok, I gotta hand it to you man. That is a fantastic thread title and opening post. full marks 10/10. But I guess you don't really care about that anyway :p