Here's what I don't get: "It could be worse" (and its first cousin "Worse things could happen")
How, exactly, is that supposed to help?
The only thing it's got going for itself is that it's Sarah Vowell's motto. I idolize Sarah Vowell. Here she is talking about people who compare themselves to Rosa Parks, followed by her original song entitled (guess what) "Could Be Worse".
Still, with a voice like that, she can pretty much say anything she wants, so it doesn't really count.
This is more like what I mean:
My point exactly.