What does the phrase “ it’s all relative” mean to me?
The phrase “it’s all relative” means that everything is quantifiable it terms of individual perception or opinion. In other words, we all have different viewpoints or opinions with regard to a subject or topic. Examples, to me, would be: I think it’s hot out; she thinks it’s actually quite mild. For instance, if the implication is ” I’m from Siberia and I think it’s hot out; she’s from Georgia and she thinks it’s quite mild” then “it’s all relative” makes sense. Typically, the phrase is used as a way to say, “we are looking at this differently, and neither of us is right or wrong.” It means that the perception of something changes depending on it’s context. “Twelve centimeters is tiny!” “Not if you are an ant.” “It’s all relative, isn’t it?