“It could have been worse” is a phrase we have all heard and most of us have probably utilized. Commonly soon after one thing undesirable occurs.
(Really, as I consider to begin out on that foot, I can not prevent noting how we have a president in the United States suitable now who appears intent on proving nearly every one working day that indeed, it can be even worse. But I’ll prevent that digression just now.)
Based on the context, the phrase “it could have been worse” can have distinctive connotations and hence generate distinctive effects.
In certain circumstances, it can be genuinely comforting to recognize that whatsoever undesirable thing has happened, it wasn’t as undesirable as other probable occasions. You leave your wallet guiding at a cafe, but when you return an hour later they’ve saved it for you and gladly return it. It could have been even worse, you say.
In some cases, although, it feels trite or hollow to make this sort of a remark, primarily when the undesirable thing that happened is much, much even worse than some mundane, simply taken care of inconvenience. That mentioned, as I sit in my resort room below in Barcelona this early morning catching up with the hottest particulars with regards to the terrorist assault that occurred Thursday about two miles from below at La Rambla in the city’s middle — and the subsequent assault taking place in Cambrils about 70 miles away — it is tough not to shudder at the considered of how much even worse it could have been.
Even now, like I say, that rings hollow. These senseless, deranged horror perpetrated on so numerous innocents, and for no motive by any means other than to provide some senseless, indefensible, inhumane bring about. (And frustratingly reprising various other attacks below in Europe, as perfectly as an additional deranged and lethal final decision built for equally stupid factors in Virginia a 7 days back.)
You’re subsequent the coverage, too, so I will not rehearse all of the particulars I’m mastering both of those by way of several information resources and by way of conversations below where I have appear to support include the PokerStars Barcelona Championship series presently underway. Suffice it say, the circumstantial evidence strongly implies much more ambitiously cruel programs by the perpetrators failed to be recognized for several factors (such as some swift action on the part of Spanish law enforcement).
It was sickening to stick to the story two times back from the farm even though I was packing for the vacation, the chest tightening much more than a minor at the considered of my numerous buddies and other common and welcoming poker people who were presently below. Brad Willis offered a thorough and sensitive clarification of this experience yesterday for the PokerStars blog in a submit titled “On terror, dread, and perseverance in Barcelona.”
That submit includes a photo my close friend and fellow reporter Alex Villegas took yesterday, as perfectly as some by an additional close friend and colleague, Neil Stoddart. (That is an additional of Neil’s up previously mentioned.) Catalan officials have declared 3 times of mourning, long lasting by way of the weekend.
Alex arrived in the early morning on Friday, and because our look at-in wasn’t until later in the afternoon he invested that time around at La Rambla as we have finished before on earlier visits to this gorgeous, inviting coastal metropolis. I came a minor later (although however too early to get a room), and he and I invested much of the afternoon talking about several items, such as all those numerous memorials now dotting the pedestrian path.
We begin do the job currently, the very first of what will be 9 straight times of reporting. There is some cloud include this early morning, although the normal deep blue is nonetheless gamely beginning to peek by way of up previously mentioned.
It’s my fourth vacation below, and before coming I experienced programs at the time much more to get out when I can to see the metropolis and its individuals. I however system to do so, and will most likely get around to La Rambla at some point as Alex and Neil have presently finished.
It’s very good to be among the my numerous buddies who like me have been below numerous situations. It’s also very good to be among the the always welcoming and inviting individuals who live below. I’m glad to be back again.
Photograph: courtesy Neil Stoddart / PokerStars blog.