Most of us say "yes" when asked if we want to hear the truth. And it seems like a good idea at first that will ultimately help us improve and become our best. But there’s something about having it shoved in our face that is so unbearably revolting, only the most courageous dare to swallow it.

Thanks to the redditor who posted the question “What is an absolute truth that no one wants to hear?” on r/AskReddit and received 11.8k comments, we now know what people hold as some of the most difficult truths. So hold on tight, ‘cause it ain’t gonna be an easy ride, and you won’t surely have a place to hide.

You have an option to either endure them and survive the post, becoming a better self, or to ignore them and move on. Whatever you choose, I feel you. No one was born ready to come to terms with things like “Just because someone is related to you doesn't mean they are a good person” and “It is possible to make no mistakes and still lose.” And I mean it.

#1

Just because someone is related to you doesn't mean they are a good person.

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nanashi
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1 month ago

I hate when they say "they can't be a bad person, they're [insert any religious person]'s child!". similar to you don't inherit Evil, you don't inherit Good either.

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#2

Don't believe everything you think.

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

This one should be at the top, everyone should understand this.

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#3

“It is possible to make no mistakes and still lose. That is not failure that is life.”

-Captain Jean Luc Picard

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Hans
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1 month ago

And not accepting this is very depressing. Accepting this is very hard, though.

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Getting people to see what’s right in front of their face is not easy. This is largely due to the fact that we, as humans, hate hearing the truth. It’s especially true when we are dealing with truths that involve something we need to improve or work on.

To find out more about why so many of us don’t feel comfortable around hard-to-swallow truths, Bored Panda reached out to Susan Petang, a certified life coach who runs The Quiet Zone Coaching. Susan is helping those who struggle with stress find relief, manage their fears, and build self-confidence so they can wake up happy in the morning.

Susan said that if the truth is something we don’t agree with, it will be uncomfortable to hear it because it all has to do with our core beliefs and values, and the way we view the world. “When what we believe to be true about ourselves, situations, other people, or the world, in general, is at odds with what we observe, the result is cognitive dissonance—when our beliefs and our observations are at odds. This can cause considerable stress,” she explained.

#4

Life is easier for attractive people.

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

As unjust as it is, it is also very true. Good looking people have to try a little less harder than the rest of us. Also, remember Jeremy Meeks? He became a model even though he served time in prison (assault and robbery I think)

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#5

Vaccines don’t cause autism.

They help stop the spread of the disease. They are not a cure, the just allow you to have a lower chance to catch the virus, which helps lower the chances of the virus spreading.

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EA
Community Member
1 month ago

PREACH 🙌🏻

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

It's quite sad that this has to be posted on social media. There are too many fools in this world and there are too many scumbags taking advantage and profiting of those fools.

Anne Reid
Community Member
1 month ago

Vaccines do come with risks, though. When I signed the consent form, I got a paper cut. It really hurt and every time I used hand sanitizer, it burned.

Rosie Hamilton
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1 month ago

Oh Anne - I hope you are okay now! 🤣🤣🤣

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Emilingo
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1 month ago

here's the thing...your immune system begins to create antibodies against harmful substances the moment a foreign chemical enters the body to protect itself. Often, with viruses, we get sick before the immune system can finish. When we recover, that means the antibody was successful. However, we can't just mimic human's antibodies for they are unique to the person. A vaccine is often a decoy virus--a chemical substance very similar to the actual virus. These are created purposely to not harm you but to allow your body to create and antibody. Some people get sick before the antibody is finished building up. However, these people recover quickly. A vaccine doesn't keep you from getting a virus; it keeps you from getting sick from the virus. It makes me sad when people believe that vaccines do more hurt than heal.

Jason Doakes
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1 month ago

Not sure this should be part of this list. The Earth is not flat, the sky is not green, the list would be endless

Dee Mcgee
Community Member
1 month ago

I am not anti-vax (and yes, ive had mine) BUT I'm also not pro-vax without question. It irritates me that this blanket term of pro-vax or anti-vax eliminates the need for critical thought. I wish we could as a people take things case by case and make a decision based on the the matter at hand. We are becoming zombies who simply rely on the rhetoric of others. We place ourselves in 'camps' and become so hostile towards alternative thought. Its damaging and not good for the evolution of mankind and society. People seem baffled when I say that I dont align myself to any particular political party , like I'm mad or simply uneducated..the truth is that life is fluid... variables are indeed variable & we need to be open to new ideas, opinions and challenges. I may detest Boris ...Trump etc. but I am willing to accept when something they do or say makes sense. I can be anti-abortion but pro-choice...similarly I can emphasise that black lives matter but also comprehend the value of all lives.

Hannah M
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1 month ago

Even if vaccines cause autism (which they don't and it doesn't make any sense that they would but hypothetically) what's so wrong with that? Why are people so scared of their kids 'getting' autism? Obviously it has its difficulties, but autistic people's brains just function differently to most, and many autistic people are quite intellectually brilliant. I am autistic, and my psychologist told me that technically everyone is on the autism spectrum; however there is a 'normal' range, and some people are further along, well beyond the 'norm'. So this whole being terrified of your kids 'getting' autism makes absolutely no sense.

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel you. I'm autistic too. :) We all have different challenges and advantages, everyone does. Simply a different set of pros and cons.

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A Random Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

I didn't go to my checkup for 3 years. Don't worry, I got my *eyes water* 4 necessary vaccines. And if some random 11 year old can get 2 vaccines on each Sid, than you can get your one.

A Random Panda
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1 month ago

*side*

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andate him
Community Member
1 month ago

I am not sure this qualifies as something "True, But No One Wants To Hear*

Karen Lyon
Community Member
1 month ago

andate him: Have you talked to any of the anti-vaccine crowd? This is exactly what they try to argue against this -- they rant about herd immunity, or claim that chicken pox and measles don't kill anyone.

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Luthian
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1 month ago

If you do catch the disease it usually decreases the severity as well.

soni w
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1 month ago

Vaccination means you DON'T catch the disease AT ALL. If you do then the vaccine DOESN'T WORK!!!!!

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Lucy Duquette
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1 month ago

so true! without vaxines, the world would be covered in sickness

soni w
Community Member
1 month ago

Without sanitation you mean? Why do we Vax against Diphtheria in Australia when it was eradicated by sanitation and cleaner standards 40 years ago??

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Larry Dahle
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1 month ago

Exactly!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolutely

Clever Dog
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

1 debunked scientist said they do millions of published scientist said they dont and here is the power of the ill judged word. Sometimes even if you are wrong and proven to be so people will believe you forever. https://www.nhs.uk/news/medication/no-link-between-mmr-and-autism-major-study-finds/

Grace Galan
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1 month ago

You have awoken the Karens

WildBerry
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1 month ago

Stop being racist against white people please.

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Russian Otaku
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1 month ago

Except they do... gotta be alive to have anything

Julie Harden
Community Member
1 month ago

Louder for those in the back!

Wouldn't You Like to Know
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Wrong. My neighbor's son was normal then got vaccinated and now he's suddenly austistic.

Bob McDowell
Community Member
1 month ago

Are+you+saying+that+autism+is+a+virus?

Shelley DuVal
Community Member
1 month ago

Can you say this using easier words, some people can't understand this!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, I make sure to get all my medical/scientific information from former Playboy bunnies.

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
Community Member
1 month ago

i dont even get the logic of where "vaccines cause autism" comes from

soni w
Community Member
1 month ago

Because vaccines come in a one-size-fits-all. Not everyone has the same genetic make up, so vaccines react differently. If you are immune compromised vaccines can have a detrimental effect.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

A train is comming toward you, two choices.

fuggnuggins
Community Member
1 month ago

Vaccines help stop the spread of disease. Certain vaccines, notably the MMR vaccine, is also closely correlated with regressive autism, and may be influencing the expression of an underlying predisposition via interference with gut bacteria. Vaccines do not cause autism. Some vaccines, however, may be resulting in the expression of autism that might not otherwise have been expressed. Vaccines also cause other injuries, and in the US alone there has been more than 3 billion dollars paid out to 15000 victims through vaccine court (VICP), reported by doctors via VAERS. Look for yourself. And it is also estimated that 1%, maybe as few as 0.1% of vaccine injuries are ever reported. Also, the vaccine industry ironically has legal immunity from liability for injuries that their products cause. Peanuts are banned in schools, but vaccines are pushed. It's cognitive dissonance on an epic scale.

soni w
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you. Nice to see there are two informed people commenting here.

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Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

how the absolute finger lickin fruck is this hard to swallow

Daniel R.
Community Member
1 month ago

Sheesh. This still has to be said? SAD *donald trump voice*

Nicolas Pilot
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, the irony

qwerty
Community Member
1 month ago

This isn't all that grim. I already knew this.

Billy the kid
Community Member
1 month ago

Flu jab - when people have the flu jab it creates the flu to happen

Foxxy (The Original)
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2 weeks ago

That is literally impossible because the flu vaccine is not a live virus. Correlation doesn’t mean causation.

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Bonnie Edwards
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1 month ago (edited)

I am the older sister of someone who was born 100% normal. He had a violent reaction to the Triple Antigen vaccine, nearly died, and within months, was pronounced a vegetable and not expected to live past 5yo. After much intense physiotherapy, he stood up for the first time on his own at 4 years of age. He is now 41yo, Autistic, non-verbal, epileptic, OCD and retarded (yes, I used the word in its correct definition - I don't give 2 hoots about PC crud). In short - I dispute this claim totally.

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
1 month ago

In addition, it is not vaccines themselves that cause autism, it is the rare case where too many of them are piggybacked and the child gets too many immunizations. This can literally cause autism to happen overnight (My father who is a psychologist once counseled a family whose child tragically had this happen to them.) That is why spacing vaccines are so important. As long as you space them like any responsible pediatrician would recommend your child will be fine, healthier and less susceptible to life threatening illness. So vaccines good, piggybacking bad.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Vaccines don’t cause Autism in any way shape or form. It is a neurological disorder that you are BORN with. It’s just that you don’t notice the symptoms of Autism until around the 2-3 years old which is around the time of some vaccines. Correlation does not mean causation.

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Tor Rolf Strøm
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1 month ago (edited)

Ok good, so everyone is on board for the covid-vaccines then..? I mean, you're not an antivaxxer are you?

Mica Fiverline
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1 month ago

Yes. When its available and tested, I'll get the vaccine... As anyone else should.

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https://beforeitsnews.com/eu/2020/09/ultimate-proof-covid-19-was-planned-to-usher-in-the-new-world-order-2661799.html

Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

shut up i have a picture of you conspiracy...aca82a.jpg conspiracy-nut-5f76bb0aca82a.jpg

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The MMR vaccine, “ The following adverse reactions include those identified during clinical trials or reported during post- approval use of M-M-R II vaccine or its individual components. Body as a Whole Panniculitis; atypical measles; fever; syncope; headache; dizziness; malaise; irritability. Cardiovascular System Vasculitis. Digestive System Pancreatitis; diarrhea; vomiting; parotitis; nausea. Hematologic and Lymphatic Systems Thrombocytopenia; purpura; regional lymphadenopathy; leukocytosis. Immune System Anaphylaxis, anaphylactoid reactions, angioedema (including peripheral or facial edema) and bronchial spasm. Musculoskeletal System Arthritis; arthralgia; myalgia. Nervous System Encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE) subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS); acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM); 3 transverse myelitis; febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures; ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropath

Rosie Hamilton
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1 month ago

Now provide the information on how often it happens. No? Well, it's miniscule and the benefits FAR outweigh the risks. Sharing a fraction of the information that is legally required on a Patient Information Leaflet is no benefit to anyone at all. In fact it could be positively harmful. These leaflets are provided so that parents know what is a normal reaction and what isn't. Seriously FFS 🙄

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The Wakefield study everyone claims said this actually didn't. He thought that vaccines harmed the gut biome, which he believed was a contributing factor to autism. This is a neutral take, so don't scream antivax at me please

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Whatever.

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#6

There is no inherent justice in this world.

Bad things will happen to good people, and good things will happen to bad people.

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David K
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1 month ago

Unfortunately true. Sometimes even dictators and murderers die peacefully.

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However, one has to be aware that perception can be an issue here too. “So, what I have experienced as 'truth' may not be what you have experienced as 'truth.' For example, one could say that the truth is that water boils at 212 degrees. Or does it? If you use the metric system, water boils at 100 degrees.”

Susan said that even though these two are the same, the perception, the semantics come across differently, and “what one individual might experience as truth wouldn't be truth to someone else.”

Susan warns that when you’re telling people something they don’t want to hear, it’s going to sound like a criticism. She suggests keeping that in mind and not being surprised if you get perceived as the one launching an attack.“

#7

If you didn't vote but could have done so, you have no right to complain about our elected officials.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

True. Tired of hearing "My vote doesn't matter." Every vote matters because it contributes to the grand number that influences the elections. If 90% of the people refuse to vote, they are leaving the remaining 10% the powers to decide over their lives. That's how polls work. They just ask a small number of people "representing the people" and present the result as the peoples opinion. Remember how that blew up in so many faces in 2016? "Yeah, we're going to win so I don't have to vote..."

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#8

No-one wants to hear your [crappy] music in public, especially in class.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Or in public transportation

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#9

Having an opinion doesn't make you right.

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

I mean, the bubonic plague never went away, we just have treatment for it now.

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That being said, the first step is to remember kindness and the Golden Rule. How would you want to be told that something you believe isn't true?” Susan suggests thinking about your tone in communication, which should be kind, respectful, and encouraging.

Moreover, you may use reflective listening. “For example, you could say, 'It sounds like you see grass as pink,' or 'I'm hearing that you think crocodiles make great pets.' You can also add, 'Tell me how you came to that conclusion,' or 'I'm curious as to how you formed that opinion.'"

Susan encourages using expressions like "It sounds like..." "I'm hearing that..." "You seem to feel..." "I'm noticing that..."It’s also important to phrase the truth in a way that doesn’t undermine others.

And also, it's important to agree to disagree, since “even after you have (calmly!) stated the truth, someone else still might not accept it,” she concluded.

#10

2021 will not magically be better than 2020.

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Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
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1 month ago

This is honestly all I’m hanging on to. It’s ok to want to pretend

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#11

Just because you’ve done something wrong in the past, doesn’t mean you can’t advocate against it.

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Niko Alarcon
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1 month ago

This is what some people need to hear. I 100% agree with this statement, some of us dont know the harm we've done until later, but it doesnt mean its too late to prevent others from making the same mistake.

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As long as we fail to protect and provide for all children in our society, we will continue to suffer the crimes of the damaged adults we produce. We have no right to expect any different, and we deserve everything that we get.

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 month ago

Anyone who complains about people receiving benefits from the government needs to consider this. If we don't help them, their children have NO chance of doing better. We'd end up with people living in gated communities, hiding from the other part of society, afraid to go out. Parts of the world all ready live like that. I hope we never do.

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Mark Murphy, the author of "Truth At Work: The Science Of Delivering Tough Messages," suggests that cognitive dissonance is to blame. It occurs when someone holds two psychologically inconsistent beliefs (or attitudes or opinions) that create unpleasant mental tension.

Murphy explains: “If you've ever been in a conversation with someone who just couldn't, or wouldn't, hear the truth, no matter how many ways you tried to explain it, or who reacted so badly to the truth that you regretted saying anything at all, you've likely witnessed someone who was experiencing cognitive dissonance.”

This is because such a reaction is a way of lessening psychological tension and reducing anxiety when people face something that contradicts their existing beliefs, attitudes, and opinions.

In reality, no human brain would ever enjoy receiving information that doesn’t help ourselves in the sense that it makes our lives more difficult or threatens our self-esteem, status, and public image. And it seems that the saying “truth hurts” wasn’t born out of nowhere.

#13

People don't think about you anywhere near as much as you think they do.

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RaroaRaroa
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1 month ago

Ahh, but to the socially anxious, we still cringe over something dumb we said to someone 20 years ago. Something they no doubt forgot within a week.

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#14

You're supposed to care deeply about the things in your own life, and other people not caring about them doesn't make them less important.

This is one of the things Instagram culture has taken away from us -- the idea that you're doing great even if nobody likes the photos of the breakfast you made or knows who you are.

For most of human history, most of our emphasis and energy was spent on our families and immediate communities. Now we're all flailing to "matter" to a bunch of strangers we probably wouldn't like in person and it's wrecking our brains.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Except for the few that have discovered that life without Fakebook, Instagram and Twitter is much more enjoyable.

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#15

No matter how nice you are, people will still just be a**holes to you just cuz.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people will. It's not that all the people are a**holes all the time but you do get to meet the inevitable jerk or bitch, no matter how nice you are. It's up to you to decide if they are going to dictate how you interact with people. It still does take more muscles to frown than to smile.

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Just because someone is related to you, doesn't mean you have to like or tolerate them. Sometimes for people, friends are your true family because they accept you for who you are. They choose to stick around with you. Not because they have to.

I don't speak to my abusive father and never will again, nor his side of the family. I'm estranged from one of my sisters already and I don't like most of my extended family. I do not appreciate their morals.

You won't lose much at all by cutting some family ties (circumstances depend though, ofc). You'll be much happier in the long run once you establish your life, who you are and what you need/want for your future.

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postboredom
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1 month ago

Yes, this. It is YOUR life, you can choose to cut the bad people, no matter who they are and how you know them

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#17

Life isn’t fair and you aren’t owed a damn thing.

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Kim
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1 month ago

Well everyone deserve a chance.

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#18

Civil debate is a must. You gotta stay respectful, open-minded, and civil, even if you loathe the views of the other side with a passion.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Repeat that slowly with the election debate in mind.

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#19

Even though you think your kids are special, they are most likely just average.

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

But everyone’s kids are special to them, and that is why love is so important.

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#20

You can’t make everyone happy.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

First person we should make happy is ourselves.

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#21

After a generation or two after your death, no one alive will have any memories of you. Your life, everything you did, and all of your struggles and achievements will all be forgotten. You’ll just be another one of the billions of forgotten souls whose names, faces, and life stories have all been lost to time.

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

I find this fact really comforting

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#22

You need to have your views challenged.

Being around and positively engaging with people who disagree with you is one of the healthiest intellectual practices we can do.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

We've come to a point that "positively engaging with people who disagree with you" has become impossible. Everything has become an "Either you're with me or you're against me"- issue. You can't criticize politicians or you're a leftist fool or a rightwing idiot. And the same goes for feminism, sexism, racism etc. etc. So we all persist in our views making any dialogue impossible.

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#23

You can't control what happens to you, only how you react to it.

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brandon sat
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1 month ago

partial disagree here, i would say that you cant control EVERYTHING that happens to you

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#24

Just because you helped someone doesn't mean they are going to help you. People are ungrateful more often than not.

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Pawlise Glemtepassord
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1 month ago

Hard truth. My BF is a volunteer firefighter, and do people ever thank him for getting up at random times in the night and sprinting to station just to break open that door for the medics or pump out floodwater or hauling some dumbass out of a smoked-up apartment? Usually, no. Sometimes the people he just rescued even choose to be mean. He gets pretty broken up about it sometimes, I make sure to thank him but it would be a whole different thing if the actual people in question would just say thanks sometimes. If a fire station ever helped you out, it's not too late to send a letter and simply say thank you. A lot of them are volunteers in many countries.

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#25

You cannot go through life without experiencing some type of pain/discomfort. Physical and emotional. It is necessary for growth.

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Yvonne Blau
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1 month ago

It doesn't happen because it's necessary for growth. It just happens.

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#26

Things are going to keep getting worse on our planet and we are in for some serious human tragedy.

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

This is not universally true. In fact, many things are improving, at least when looked in decaded. Scientific progress. The fight of hunger (despite negative effects through corona). Medicine. People believing it ought to be worse anyway are a major contributor to it becoming worth, because, why should they care if they are doomed anyway?

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#27

We don't know everything and probably never will.

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David K
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1 month ago

That is not a hard to swallow fact (referring the title of this article). Don´t think that anyone aspires to know everything anyways :-)

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#28

So many of these are negative... So how about the truth that one of the best ways to be happy in life is by helping other people. People don't want to do it, because helping other people feels like you're losing out, but it's true.

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RaroaRaroa
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1 month ago

How does it feel like you're losing out? It always gives me a happy feeling.

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#29

It’s okay to be selfish sometimes.

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Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
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1 month ago

Self-care is not selfishness

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#30

Everyone's a hypocrite. Even you.

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Kim
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1 month ago

Not true. Hard pill to swallow: Some people are actually genuine and true.

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