The template of the meme consists of two WikiHow stock images: one with someone looking at a bottle of pills with a label that says "Hard to Swallow Pills" and another with the pills already in the person's hand, ready to be ingested.

People download it, slap a text of what they think is a universal truth on the second picture, and upload it back on the Internet, waiting for upvotes. And we often have to give it to them. Quite a few of these memes capture some universal law, most of which we know but don't want to accept. Like, "some of your problems are your own fault, and won't get better until you actively do something about it" or "you can't make someone love you."

Bored Panda has compiled some of the most popular Hard to Swallow Pills, so continue scrolling, check out the memes, and upvote your favorites.

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Jo Cooper
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5 months ago

One of my favourite quotes; going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.

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Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Mary Lamia, Ph.D., thinks that the notion that one is “in denial” seems to have taken on a life of its own as an agent of many ills and as a catchphrase for people who dismiss the implications of their behavior.

"Although denial is considered to be a defense often used by people with addictive tendencies, its attributions reach beyond those struggling with substances," Lamia pointed out. "Denial is also attributed to people who do not want to acknowledge that bad stuff is occurring in their lives, such as those who are attempting to cope with a tumultuous relationship, a life-threatening illness, obesity, a loss, or anything else that one may attempt to disavow."

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

I definitely agree with this. Come on all the downvotes.

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Sure, we can deny a fact, deny responsibility, deny the impact of our actions, or even deny what is really going on by hiding from our feelings. But according to Lamia, when we use denial to defend ourselves or cope with what we feel, we contradict the reality of a situation or attempt to adjust to a circumstance by neglecting its impact. However, the extent of someone’s denial may not really be the issue at hand.

"What’s important is not that people recognize their denial, but that they are able to accept what they are feeling that leads to the denial in the first place," Lamia explained. "If someone excessively and habitually uses alcohol to medicate their anxiety, for example, we might emphasize their attempts to dismiss the harm that their use of alcohol will cause, rather than focus on the emotions they feel that motivate their denial. If that person stops drinking, one would hope the emotions that were formerly hidden by denial, which often have to do with shame, would be exposed and accepted by the individual."

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postboredom
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5 months ago

Poor people have to work even harder than others, just to get a daily meal and shelter

mph seti
Community Member
5 months ago

Being born into privilege/wealth is like playing a video game on easy mode. Most privileged people know this, but hate admitting it.

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Just saying
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5 months ago

Terry Pratchett “The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money. Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles. But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet. This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness.

Vicky Zar
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5 months ago

Came here to say exactly this!

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Sean Harrison
Community Member
5 months ago

Totally agree. I've been homeless, living out of my car for 5 years now. But in that time I worked freelance to make money and got my Associates Degree, and am now working on my Bachelors degree. I'm not the "odd one out" either, during my time at college I knew 4 other students that were homeless, and 3 of them had jobs in addition to going to college.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

Wish so many people understood this.

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
5 months ago

It would be totally prejudicial to assume otherwise. There are LAZY poor people and there are LAZY wealthy people. Just as the are HARD-WORKING poor people and there are HARD-WORKING wealthy people.

Truth Monster
Community Member
5 months ago

Less people would be in poverty in the US is we stopped importing unskilled labor from other countries. No entry level job is going to pay a living wage if they can replace you in 5 min flat.

Meike Henneman
Community Member
5 months ago

This is only a hard pill to swallow for people who feel smug about not living in poverty

Stille20
Community Member
5 months ago

The idea that people who are successful "worked hard for it" is so American, when in face they may have worked hard but they likely had many advantages.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
5 months ago

tRump with his small multi-million loan from his daddy comes to mind.

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noobmaster68
Community Member
5 months ago

True story

Gregg Bender
Community Member
5 months ago

Most poor people I know work far harder than any rich person I've ever seen.

Matthew Daniel
Community Member
5 months ago

I was born in a very poor area in my city but am now quite well off. The reason I made it was firstly I joined the army, and that stopped me from going down a really bad path. Secondly I was very bloody lucky. Nothing to do with hard work. We bought a house just before the boom in 1999 and made easy money. Many people have worked harder than me and got less. Having wealthy parents really alters your life. My child will be fortunate without having to work hard, although she bloody best work hard! If you ever find yourself in a rough or poor estate, don't ask what they did to get here, ask what our country are doing to keep poor people poor.

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
5 months ago

This is true for the majority of people living in poverty . There is no reasonable way out for most people living in poverty.

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, and one of the issues is their attitude about themselves and society. With the proper attitude, anyone can raise themselves, but some will still say: "Not me!"

Wouldn't You Like to Know
Community Member
5 months ago

Bullshit. I worked hard enough and got out.

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
5 months ago

And now you lost the ability to think about anyone but yourself, how f*****g sad

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Josh Tall
Community Member
5 months ago

And let's not forget that nobody chooses to be poor!

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
5 months ago

Not consciously, perhaps.

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Iulia stratulat
Community Member
5 months ago

Working hard is not the answer but thinking about what you do, does make a difference. You can work 24 hours a day but if you do not learn how to manage your income you will always be poor. There are a lot of people who would rather take assistance than go and work for money and the small amount of money that they do have they spend on booze or s**tlike that. You may not get rich but at least you can make a decent living for yourself. If you keep on making excuses for yourself ... it’s the system and no me.. you will never get out of it. Stop making excuses and start doing.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
5 months ago

This is true even if you don't like it...

F. H.
Community Member
5 months ago

"I will work even harder!" -- Jurgis Rudkus in Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle", 1905.

Laura Stenger
Community Member
2 weeks ago

On the flip side...some feel entitled. Forgiveness of student loans? Really?

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
2 weeks ago

THIS!

François Carré
Community Member
2 weeks ago

That one must be especially hard to swallow for Americans and other fellow First World people who firmly believe in the virtue of so-called "personal merit" at the cost of harsh social inequality, and have completely forgotten about concepts such as class struggle. Marx's critical analysis of capitalism was pretty accurate, even though the solutions he proposed never actually worked.

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
4 months ago

.......and then there are just some poor people!

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
5 months ago

The entire world is rigged against all of us. I think we all push hard to live our lives, and those who rig the whole thing make it harder on certain groups of people to create this "systemic issue" that no one can ever quite put their finger on.

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
5 months ago

again so true. Poverty hits even the hardest worker when you are trying to make ends meet with mouths to feed and a single mother poverty often prevails and it is not the Mother's fault it is the System.

Pippa Runs
Community Member
5 months ago

I highly recommend The Color of Law.

Lloyd Vandever
Community Member
5 months ago

I've worked hard all my life but the hardest I ever worked was when homeless. It took SOOO MUCH effort to dig out of that hole, but I finally did it. Never again!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
5 months ago

Horse Feathers! Do you see past their situation? Catastropic illness, annurism , agent orange, lay offs, flood, nope you can't see all that through hope and determination. We own our home even after we paid all the medical bills and flood damage.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
5 months ago

the worst part is that the rich and entitled believe they deserve their wealth despite not really earning it.

clive apps
Community Member
5 months ago

Some people choose poverty rather than supporting a corrupt self defeating society that poisons e everything that touches it, or that it touches

Andy Johnson
Community Member
5 months ago

does studying the bios of successful people make sense?

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
5 months ago

It has to do with our education. How we are taught to "make it" by the government run schools. Everyone can be an business owner, they just have to be taught the right mindset, and be willing to be coachable in that you need a successful mentor to teach you how to do it. and you MUST be willing to work hard at what you are being taught to do.

Vincent Jay
Community Member
5 months ago

There is no system which is better than the one which we already have here in the USA. The system works only as well as the people who run the system.

Daniel Callaway
Community Member
5 months ago

Worldwide I agree, but in the States not so much.

Beans
Community Member
5 months ago

this is true. People should google the 'hard work myth' or the 'self-made myth.'

Steve Barker
Community Member
5 months ago

BS

Sue Clifford
Community Member
5 months ago

Explain please.

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Linda Robinett
Community Member
5 months ago

I have known poor people and things cost more for them such as credit.

JD Lee
Community Member
5 months ago

The only people clueless enough to believe poverty is a choice lazy people make are people who’ve never had to work hard for all they’ve been GIVEN.

Santino Marazzo
Community Member
5 months ago

I agree.

Mark Bajorek
Community Member
5 months ago

Put the blame where it belongs, greed of the 1%

Elle 😅
Community Member
5 months ago

It is systemic but not 100%. They have to take responsibility to some extent, right? Like you know you don't have a stable income, yet decide to have 5 children..

Oof Me
Community Member
5 months ago

I've seen a video about that, but the end of it (the video) was heartwarming.

Mya Lugar
Community Member
5 months ago

I find both the comments I've see highly debatable. you must live far from the deep South.. It's behavior ( mainly lack of social graces and education, along with issues of drug use and/or violent history which keeps them from getting or maintaining a job.) Also lack of job history, as generations of living on Medicaid and the like continues to be the norm for too many.

Mshauri Mazuri
Community Member
5 months ago

Believe it or not, millionaire starts with old money. They have the money to begin with. Poor people doesn't have enough to start any business. They have the money to buy their family basic necessities so don't poor shame those poor people. I hate it when I hear someone you should save money. How can they save money if the money they have isn't even enough for them to stay alive?

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
5 months ago

jUsT gEt a jOb

Paulene
Community Member
5 months ago

You can get out, education is a good way!

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
5 months ago

This is very true

Jeanne Dukes
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5 months ago

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I call BS. Most people live in poverty because they can't separate their wants from their needs.

Sergio Serg
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5 months ago

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Here's you biggest pill: The government is NEVER going to help people get out of poverty. Stop giving the government more power. They will only use it against you.

Jon S.
Community Member
5 months ago

You don't believe that systemic change can make things fairer? Better funded schools? Free degree courses? Laws against discrimination? Minimum wages? Renter's rights?

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jknbt jknbt
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5 months ago

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they need to overcome the system & stop playing the role of victim-martyr... get off your backside, get an education, go to work, save, invest, grow, make something of yourself... AND STOP WHINING & BLAMING OTHERS FOR YOUR CRAPPY LIFE

Potato
Community Member
5 months ago

Congrats you missed the point! Telling others not to ”whine” is essentially attempting to silence the issue so you can be comfortable in your status quo. By not being silent, we can have conversations about inequality and actually change this country for the better. By the way, there's no such thing as investing when you live paycheck to paycheck, and there's no getting an education when you can't afford tuition and don't qualify for loans.

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Sergio Serg
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5 months ago

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Here's your Pill: most people live in poverty not because of systematic issues but because they aren't smart enough to do something that creates higher income. It's not just working hard it's also working smart.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
5 months ago

Please tell that to someone who was fired because of health issues, or because the local plant was bought up and closed down, or any other reason, and then lost their home etc, etc, etc. Or maybe they were born in a poor country, or a poor area, or a poor family. Go look up what 'systemic' means and then sit down for five minutes to cultivate your empathy.

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We not only use denial to hide from any negative emotion, including shame, fear, guilt, or distress but to mute positive emotions as well. "Sometimes feeling positively may be just as threatening as negative feelings. We may want to deny the reality of our emotions, because accepting a reality that is uncomfortable, painful, or incongruous to what we expect means we must also alter our perception of ourselves. Thus, if you are in denial, perhaps you are simply trying to ignore the truth about what you actually feel, rather than about what you are doing or thinking."

But if you want to move forward, you have to swallow the truth.

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Fernleaf6505
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5 months ago

YES IT IS

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postboredom
Community Member
5 months ago

This applies to both guys and gals. Nobody is as kind as they think themselves are.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

Wish my Mother in law understood this.

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Daria B
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5 months ago (edited)

It's even harder to swallow the problems that are NOT your own fault, but it's UP TO YOU to clean someone else's poop to save your ass.

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ChimeraBubbles
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5 months ago

I like this one. Re-evaluate your worldview every so often, visit other places, talk to people from other communities, read books, and so on. It's character building too.

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H Edwards
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5 months ago

This year has illustrated that quite clearly

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Monday
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5 months ago

I'm all for praying for those in need if that's what you believe in, but send a donation with that prayer.

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Fish Boden
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5 months ago

Sunken cost fallacy. It can be so hard to let some things go...

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Daria B
Community Member
5 months ago

True. And the nearer the end, the more I think of it. Viruses don't plan according to human made calendars. This could go on and on. And even after it's gone, the damage repair will still take a while.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

This one should not even have to be a thing, but sadly it is.

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ChimeraBubbles
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5 months ago

I felt this one.

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postboredom
Community Member
5 months ago

This is the one thing every teenager (including me) has to understand. Not everyone has to like you, nor do they have to hate you. We just gotta let it be.

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postboredom
Community Member
5 months ago

This is true, no matter how "woke" people say they are

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H Edwards
Community Member
5 months ago

Smoking is a good example. Children of smokers are much more likely to take it up themselves.

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postboredom
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5 months ago

This is the hardest pill to swallow

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Ray Martin
Community Member
5 months ago

Possibly so, but believing that the Earth is flat, or that vaccinations don't work does make you stupid and deserving of ridicule.

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postboredom
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5 months ago

Everyone in BP should see this

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

The three big things needed in a relationship are trust, compromise and respect. Of course there are more like having each others back, liking the other person etc. Relationships are hard work, you need to make the effort to help it grow.

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Woets
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5 months ago

It is the first step though

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

That pill was pretty easy to swallow, I barely felt it.

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Dónal Ó Murchadha
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5 months ago

No but you can tie them up in your basement til stockholm syndrome kicks in.

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#25

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Daria B
Community Member
5 months ago

This one is not hard to swallow. It's a relief instead.

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Josh Tall
Community Member
5 months ago

Social Media FTW!

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Ray Martin
Community Member
5 months ago

It's also really hard to get rid of the mange, once you have it.

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noobmaster68
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5 months ago

I get this

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IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
5 months ago

Tell me about it. I still feel the pain 6 years on.

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Daria Z
Community Member
5 months ago

A hospital in my city has recently received a complaint from the family of a man saved from covid complications. Apparently, they didn't like that the doctor who saved him had tattoos and a nose ring. Isn't it bizarre?

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