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#1

I am 13, but my younger sibling is now being taught that everything is always fair and everyone always wins. They know this is not true, but nobody else their age does. I am legitimately scared for the day my generation gets into the white house. (Not all of Gen Z. Just the ones that believe everything always has to go their way.)

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Paola Martz
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2 weeks ago (edited)

I mean, it is nice to be supported and motivated by the others, but accept failure and learn from it, is one of the most important lessons in life!

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#2

Practice patience.
Ask for help when you need it.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself.

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denzoren
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I agree, I'm only in my 30s but a big part of why I've done well at work is because I always listen and ask questions first...before I say anything. You don't become an expert by talking but rather by listening.

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#3

even though i'm a gen z myself, it would really be great if we could teach the next generation (and my own) to not hate. the world would be so much better without racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ablism, sizeism, ageism... ect. it all starts with teaching kids a message of love and accepting and embracing others for who they are. I know gen z has a reputation for being pretty liberal and "challenging the system" but still so many of us don't know how to be an accepting and supportive world citizen.

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Marylen
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2 weeks ago

Love is for the things you like. Compassion is for the rest. Then practice discernment for having more of what you love in your life.

#4

I would say, stop trying to be the most popular on social media. Don't fall for the challenges, the bullying, the peer pressure all that. No one gives a flying p***k how many insta followers you have or how popular your tik tok vids are. 99.9% of those challenges are stupid and may kill you.

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Susan Green
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2 weeks ago

I absolutely agree with you.

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#5

Life isn't fair but your reaction to that really matters. If you are resentful, angry, and despondent you ruin your life and it rubs off on others. If you are lucky, gifted (talent, looks, money, etc) and think others just don't succeed because they don't try, you ruin the world. However, if you decide to try your best and make things at least a little better, it provides joy to yourself and everyone you meet.

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Burs
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3 days ago

It is very difficult to not be resentful or angry when everything goes wrong no matter what. Do you tell people with cancer to not be angry about it? Anger is a healthy emotion sometimes.

#6

That very, very, very, very few things in life are black and white.

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Thorfin Wolfsbane
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2 weeks ago

one could even say there's at least 50 shades of gray...

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#7

Back in my day, music used to come from musical instruments.

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riley_is_not_your_friend
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2 weeks ago

God damn it I hate when people say stuff like this. Not everyone is the f*****g same. MOST MUSIC IS FROM INSTRUMENTS. I'm probably gonna get downvoted. I dont really care

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#8

That new technology is sometimes difficult for older people. Be patient. Most of them want to learn. And if they don’t, respect that.

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Curry on...
Community Member
2 weeks ago

And that a surprisingly large number of older people know a ton about computer operation. I mean, really, the PC came out in the 1980s --- 40 years ago.

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#9

PRIVACY is a right and you are entitled to anonymity. You may have to participate in your government as a citizen of democracy if you want to ensure your rights continue to exist. Many of the freedoms we take for granted as "normal" were purchased with blood by our ancestors and they are not guaranteed - we must continuously pay attention and participate in our own government processes. It is not ok for businesses to steal or own your data. Learn how to protect yourself and complain to legislators if this is unreasonably difficult.

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lara
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1 week ago (edited)

The government in the US has co-opted [beginning with Obama] the IRS and the FBI to investigate "enemies". That includes lawyers, journalists, people who donate to non Democrat politicians and people who publish non flattering comments about the ruling junta. Oh and they also want the donor lists of anyone who donates to a Republican or non-Democrat Party individual or group.

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#10

1) Stop caring about strangers opinions. I know it's hard for someone to say it and poof it happens but try to learn this before you're in your 30's like most people learn it. Some people never learn. You don't need to conform to what people think you should be instead of being true to who you are. You're conforming when strangers opinions matter more to you than finding who you really are and being the badass you have the full potential of being.

2) Go to a junk yard, pop off a rim that match your cars. Next time you get your tires changed unless that rim came with a good tire, have them pick the best tire out of the 4 you're getting replaced and have them put it on the rim. Put that in your trunk. That is now you're spare tire and will work a whole hell of a lot better than a donut. Always carry a car jack, spare tire, spare fuses, quart of oil, and gallon of antifreeze in your trunk. Learn to change a tire, find out where your fuse box is and how to check and change your fuses, oil dipstick, transmission dip stick. Knowing just those basics will save you a lot of money.

3) Basic cooking can save you a lot of money. I don't like cooking but when I need to save the first thing that gets cut is the food budget because I overspend on out food instead of cooking for myself.

4) y'all can call up a butcher and see what they're prices are. If you're a carnivore and you have someone or more than one person willing to go in on it you can buy whole cow or half a cow. Depending on pricing that's around 400-1,000 but even a quarter of a cow is enough to stock you're deep freeze for months. They sell pigs like that too. If y'all ain't country befriend country. Farm fresh eggs, veggies, which butcher to call hell one of them might sell you one of their cows before they take it to the butcher, venison. I have never regretted all my folk in the country they're amazing and they hook me up a lot.

5) Basic first aid. Y'all need to learn basic first aid. How to properly treat yourself in case you don't have an option but yourself. Too many times I've had to patch other and myself up.

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AzKhaleesi
Community Member
2 weeks ago

This is true. I bought a 1/4 cow with my future FIL and we paid like 600 I think and that was late 2019 we are just now running out of stuff. Would totally do it again AND we got to pick all of our cuts. It was awesome. *price changes with what they feed the cow with. Ours was huge and corn fed and all that. nom nom nom.

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#11

Don't know if it's generational or not but I think everyone should try to think abt what another person is going through. That person that is an a**hole or that homeless man asking for change. There is a story behind it all. Don't be so quick to judge. It's hard not to but I have found it allows me to see the world in a different light.

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BetweenTheCracks
Community Member
2 weeks ago

This needs to be a lot higher up!

#12

TO LOVE EACH OTHER,
TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYTHING'S NOT 'THROW AWAY'
TO NOT BLAME ONE GROUP FOR EVERYTHING

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#13

That it is ok to not go to college but consider learning a valuable trade.

Being self sufficient is so important in this world, and allows you freedom and a healthier self-esteem than being dependent on someone else.

That it is perfectly fine to choose not to have children.

That the golden rule is golden for a reason. In life you might encounter people who don't seem worthy of this, but in the long game, practicing it will make you feel better.

That you might not agree with something or everything I have just shared, and that's absolutely fine.

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lara
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1 week ago

Plumbers, mechanics, engineers, carpenters, etc. make a helluva lot more money than most business "majors".

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#14

Researching skills, like looking up for information at libraries, museums or another proper institutions.

Nowadays is so easy just to ask Google, and younger generations seldom stop to think if the info they've got is real or came from trustworthy sources. Many times they just check up important topics in blogs from people who might not be professional on that field.

Back in the day we need to get our info from proper sources. This easy access to information we have nowadays is amazing, but must be treated carefully

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Caro Caro
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Hang on ... A lot of "older generations" don't use proper info resources either. Everbody should read newspapers (more than one) and not only articles about their own country/local news but foreign new because it broadens the mind. like travel does as well.

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#15

Changing flat tires. And jumping car batteries.

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Rae Reyn
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I was going to say this! The high schools around me don't even offer auto shop any more. I had to teach my niece how to check her tire pressure, she was driving on a flat!

#16

That the lives of members of the generations previous to yours were much more complicated than you may be willing to understand, and that you can't lump a generation of millions of people into one convenient basket. Example: I'm a Boomer. I marched for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam. One of my cousins went to Canada to avoid the draft and another volunteered for the Army and served in Vietnam. Members of my generation were in the vanguard of what was then called the "Ecology" Movement and the Women's Rights Movement. The work that they did laid the foundation for the rights you enjoy today and take for granted because you don't really understand recent history.

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BetweenTheCracks
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Sweeping generalizations of *any* kinds of groups needs to stop. Racism and sexism are bad, but potshots between boomers/ zoomers/ etc. is okay?? No. We're all humans here. How about we focus on THAT more often?

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#17

It is possible to survive without electronics. No phone, switch, xbox, playstation, drones, itunes, computers, etc. When I was a kid, I went outside and played with my friends.

Also that life is more than who you're related to. My brother is, simply put, an asshole. When I talk to someone who asks me if they might know someone they know, I tell them my brother's name. Then I add 'don't hold it against me' because my brother has a reputation for being a self-entitled jerk who never shuts up.

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Mel
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2 weeks ago

Another thing you should know. There are lots of electronics that we can’t live without. I feel very grateful that I live in a time where I am able to have the electronics I need to stay alive and healthy.

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#18

Don't wait for the perfect time or situation to get started. Perfect may never come!

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Shawna Rachelle
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2 weeks ago

perfect will NEVER come.

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#19

Walking to your destination instead of plopping in a car. When I was a kid, we walked everywhere. Good exercise. These days, I don't even see kids playing in their neighborhoods, let alone walking.

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Terilee Bruyere
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2 weeks ago

If it's possible. I live 30-40 minutes (by car) from pretty much everything. We simply can't walk that far.

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#20

I am a teen, but I wish that parents didn't make it sound like middle school was fun. I expected it to be great and some stuff was, but sometimes it was just terrible. Now my younger siblings is goimg into middle school, she is so exited and I worry so much that she is going to go through what I did.

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Ik haat iedereen
Community Member
2 weeks ago

My mom's overreacting and she thinks that if I don't get a glowup over the summer, I'll never get friends. Like, I'm going to middle school, I'm to young to worry about this s**t.

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#21

How to put down the phone and really talk and connect with someone.

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Taylor Carroll
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2 weeks ago

Why would I? Its been my experience that people are self-entitled rude pricks.

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#22

College will 100% be better than high school. All the drama that went on, the people who bullied you and cut you down, they'll go off to other places and you will never see them again. No one will care about who won what arbitrary title in high school. You will be able to take what subjects YOU want and have a LOT more control over time. Don't wanna go to an 8 am class every single semester? Don't have to. (Yes sometimes you may but you're not being forced to by ridiculous government-mandated "education" systems designed to crush your individuality and increase their funding).

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Lorraine R
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Also, you can "re-create" yourself. Be self-aware: if you talk about yourself too much, or make stupid jokes and laugh too much at them, or whatever, you can check yourself and develop new habits.

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#23

Utilize what you have before deciding on if you need to buy something. This applies for cooking, cleaning, mending, curing boredom, etc. But do research (books/web) before hand though. Ya' don't want to end up poisoning yourself or something horrible thing happening if ya' deny educating yourself.

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#24

Space exploration is now commonplace with so many "wow" images, they'll never experience the
intensity of the drama excitement and tension we all felt watching Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 live.

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Lorraine R
Community Member
2 weeks ago

And how all the "moon is made of green cheese" jokes disappeared almost overnight.

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#25

Kids, learn the basics in cooking (Whether you're a boy or a girl).
The amount of people I know my age (18) and even people much older than me who always order takeaway because they don't know how to cook is insane.

(This excludes people who cannot afford ingredients, have medical conditions or are constantly working/working multiple jobs. Those are all valid reasons to eat pre-packaged food or order takeaway for most meals.)

Practice the basics of cooking at home such as using an oven, boiling vegetables and cooking items in a pot or pan. Kids, do it while you are not the one paying for the ingredients (If your parents are okay with it).

Also, saying you will never cook because you're going to "burn the house down" is not a very good excuse either, especially as you're getting older. It's not funny. It just makes you sound lazy and unintelligent. Don't rely on other people to always cook for you if you have the capability and resources to cook yourself (This does not sit well when you become an adult and are living with other people).

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Raven DeathShade
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2 weeks ago

I know there are people who can't cook, but I swear that the first time I heard it I was like "What?! People don't know how to cook? What about cleaning? Showering? Can they do that too?" I've been cooking for my family for years. As soon as you're taller than the back of the stove, you're taught to make grilled cheese and move up from there.

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#26

Therapy is good

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Burs
Community Member
3 days ago

Sometimes. Sometimes it isn’t. Many therapists spread toxic positivity or ignore the situation of the patient, My disabled friend kept being told by her therapist that she needed to go back to having a physical job (like gardening) or hike when she wasn’t capable anymore of doing it.

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#27

Learning that my emotions were a choice was a huge help to me as an insecure teenager. I really hated myself, and I came to understand that we tend to believe what we tell ourselves the most, so I needed to learn to be more gentle and caring and positive in my inner monologue.

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Aroace tiger (any pronouns)
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2 weeks ago

I try to do this but its hard

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#28

Own up to your mistakes. Nobody is perfect and the repercussions are never as bad as you think they will be.

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Mieke Mcdonald
Community Member
5 days ago

Wonderful trait! I learnt that as a 26y/o in a very difficult situation, which could've cost me my job and my future, instead it gained trust and respect. Glad I learnt it "young"

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#29

I don't know many members of kids these days, since my mother is allergic to being social, but: Never reveal your age on social media if you're a minor. I've seen many examples here on BP. Don't do it. You are setting yourself up for trouble. There are terrible people who WILL take advantage of you for it.
In my personal experience, the person who asked me instantly accused me of being a bot bc my grammar was "too good" for my age...

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CalicoKitty
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2 weeks ago

That final sentence was not what I expected in the slightest XD

#30

saying sorry even when it was a accident... or saying you are sorry when they lose a loved one.

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Joel Blazquez Sargatal
Community Member
13 hours ago

Extra points for actually feeling sorry, especially if they are close to you

#31

Basic home and auto maintenance. I've had tenants that didn't know what a circuit breaker was. And I have taught more than one person how to use a jack.

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Elizabeth Klomp
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I agree. It's just hard to figure out where to learn this since they took it out of schools.

#32

Reading a paper map and use an old school compass. Here in Sweden, it is popular to go hiking. And every year, there are people that needs to be saved by a search party, because they got lost because the phone had a dead battery/whatever app for navigation they had did not work when the recepion went away.

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Curry on...
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Yes to paper maps! GPS will sometimes get you lost.

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#33

Yeah yeah yeah, I'll start/finish that college degree later. Boom! You're in your 40's at a dead end job, and no will to do anything about it. Time. Flies. By. Believe that. Don't put that !@#% off.

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BetweenTheCracks
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Time does indeed fly by, but a college degree isn't the guarantee of a better job that it once was.

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#34

I am a teenager but almost everyone my age is literally holding a screen three millimeters away from their face.
You can enjoy stuff without screens, like painting, drawing, playing with a pet, reading and more.
It doesn't all have to be virtual.

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Elizabeth Klomp
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I just had someone criticize me for "always being on my phone, try picking up a book". When in fact I'm literally reading a book, just on my phone.

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#35

That whining and complaining about things that don’t go your way isn’t acceptable.

Parents, teach your kids not to act like an idiot when they don’t get their own way

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Burs
Community Member
3 days ago

That’s a terrible thing to say. We need to teach kids to express their emotions, not repress them. If a trivial thing happens (like the WiFi is off) then they need to learn to give a proportional reaction. But if something bad happens (like illness, or bullying) the only healthy thing to do is to express your anger and sadness.

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#36

A work ethic... the current generation believe they are owed a living.

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Burs
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3 days ago

We believe that a person working full time should be able to live. Asking for decent wages isn’t the same as having a bad work ethic.

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#37

Be sure to appreciate your job and don’t grow complacent, wherever you are. I had a lot of labor jobs growing up and felt I would never land any of the office jobs I so desired, but then I got lucky at 22. Generally speaking, the least likable coworkers I’ve had were people who were lucky enough to only ever work at a desk after high school. These sorts of people didn’t see the value of their position and were most likely to call in to take a day off or leave work for others to do. The coworkers I did like usually experienced some sort of struggle in their personal lives, like I did, and this was reflected in their work ethic. At 30, I feel fortunate spending hours at a desk organizing reports because it still feels like I “made it”. If you become listless at work and begin to feel that you don’t belong, I would encourage you to seek other job opportunities if possible. Your coworkers would probably support your decision. Otherwise, please just remember that life could be harder.

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#38

How to drive a stick shift.

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Jane Pool
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1 week ago

I learned to drive a stick shift as a teen,and now at 72[ female] I think a stick shift is just another way to complicate a vehicle. Why would a young person need this ? Educate me?

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#39

There is life without social media. It doesn't matter who has the perfect nose, is thin or has the most likes on TikTok. Study in school and educate yourself on the job - wanting to become an influencer is not cool.

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#40

Household chores. Seriously my cousins' children don't know how to cook or clean or do anything

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Burs
Community Member
3 days ago

That is the parents fault

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#41

Read a map without relying on GPS

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Joel Blazquez Sargatal
Community Member
13 hours ago

I don't know about this... Even in sailing schools stopped teaching star-based navigation and relay only on navigation systems. They still use charts but someday sonar will make that obsolete too

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#42

That to get results, the best way is to focus on improving (and enjoying) the processes (e.g. The process of science results in better knowledge; the process of capitalism drives growth, the election helps democracy, etc). Therefore, we should focus collectively to improve these processes (e.g. By pre-registering researches or holding CEOs/politicians accountable...

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lara
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1 week ago

Unfortunately, logic has little impact on reality any more.

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#43

Dark skies at night. Wilderness that isn’t crawling with people. Starfish on the Oregon coast; they’re mostly dead now. Uncountable numbers of flying insects in the summer. Specialty stores for everyday items like shoes and electronics, where the employees were long term professionals who actually knew about their products. A populace who mostly trusted news sources, instead of just looking for headlines in their own private echo chamber on the web. Time away from phones, so work or family or friends weren’t an inch from your ear and dug into your life 24 hours a day.

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#44

If you find your home, work, and shops by bicycle, you won't need a car. You can do a finer-grained search using one, while saving lots of time and money in a city. A car-less friend had his house paid off before he was 30. The exercise will pay big dividends in health.
Mostly avoid prepared food. Simple cooking is far healthier and cheaper. If we don't go vegan, we will lose many more species, and at least a billion people. This many people can't live like the pioneers.
Using hand tools is more satisfying than a 3-D printer. You are hard-wired for life with few people and stone-age technology - culture makes you an emulator for civilization, but there's always glitches.

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#45

Know that reading headlines on Facebook or Twitter will not make you informed. It will likely make you as uninformed as the people you will come to hate for their viewpoints.

When you are an adult, read or listen to a legitimate news source. Treat it as a citizen's duty. If you want investigative journalism to uncover conspiracies and the like, you need to get a subscription to a real newspaper. (They have them online of course.) Your country is depending on you for this.

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lara
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1 week ago

Subscribe to the Wall Street Journal hardcopy they are the only published newspaper that does investigative journalism.

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#46

How to read clouds and the weather (changes) they bring.
How to make mixtapes.
How to graft trees.
Which plants are edible.
How to communicate respectfully and lovingly (then again, no priour generation ever learnt that either).

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#47

Being different and have different opinion doesn't mean we must hate each other.

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lara
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1 week ago

It does on this site.

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#48

EVERYTHING

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R Carson
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Life skills-knowing how to cook, clean, use tools, problem solve for minor repairs and do physical labor. Practical things.

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#49

Coca-Cola used to come in glass bottles. I swear Coke tasted better out of glass.

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MrOwlAteMyMetalWorm.
Community Member
2 weeks ago

It still does in some places where I live.

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#50

How to tell time on an analog clock.
How to read a map.
How to spell "you, are, and okay" properly, not "u, r, k".
How to meet someone to date other than online.
How to call someone you're interested in on the phone, don't just text all the time! My daughter's teen years were spent reading texts then asking her friends "what do you think he means?"

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Eglė Bukauskaitė
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1 week ago

i hate calling and i hate being called. I even sound annoyed on the phone while texting is faster, concise and i do not touch the effing bacteria of my phone directly to an ear.

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#51

Spend less time with technology and spend more time exploring what the world has to offer.

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#52

Spend a number of years planning the perfect heist with people you trust. If that doesn't work out, listen to 'Everybody's Free (The Sunscreen Song)' by Baz Luhrman. Here's a few of my favourite lines:

Ignore beauty [blogs], they will only make you feel ugly.
You are not as fat as you imagine.
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.
Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Wear sunscreen.

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#53

baby shark sucks literal ass

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#54

Simple Math

How to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Without a calculator

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#55

Not attending college may be a smarter decision than life-long debt and money stress.

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1 week ago

Edit: I live in America, if you didn't guess.... Not appropriate for everyone.

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#56

1. Influencer or Youtuber is not a sustainable carrier choice. If a kid wants to be a performer - fine, give it a go. It still requires skill but sure. Most of children have sole purpose: play video games or do makeup or gossip and earn enough live in mansions.

2. Buying advertised products or merch does not make you cool, does not make you a "supportive fan". It makes you an abused fan - being squeezed of every penny you earn for useless crap.

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#57

I do not understand why this is never talked about. Kids need to know that if they unscrew their belly button, their butts fall off.

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#58

Always allow yourself to be challenged and challenge yourself. Listen to others' points of view

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#59

Challenge your tastes of music, culture, friendship groups....

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#60

Go to nice places (art galleries) and do nice things (afternoon tea). Don't feel they'r'nt 4U.

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#61

Respecting others who don’t share your point of view. What happened to the day when people could disagree on politics or religion without it ruining friendships? You do you- let me do me. Stop getting offended because I don’t share your views or shoving you views down my throat. Live and let live.

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#62

That it is okay if a mother doesn't love you, and not all mothers love their children. Took me YEARS to accept that, and to stop trying to please my mother, and to stick in there while she spouted vile, horrible, and untrue things about me. I'm so much happier without that HUGE burden that a mother should NEVER place on a child. Or any family member, for that matter.

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#63

That just because someone isn't your biological parent, that they can STILL be your RIGHTFUL PARENT. My adoptive father IS my dad. My biological father lost that right. And I'm thankful forever.

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#64

That your goal should be to always put yourself first, and that struggling to please someone else all the time is highly dysfunctional.

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Joel Blazquez Sargatal
Community Member
12 hours ago

Putting themselves first? I think they have that one covered

#65

That, unless you have a highly specialized college degree or trained skill, you most likely won't be instantly hired, or paid a lot, because you absolutely have to work up the chain to be an established professional. My career isn't even in my degree field, but I am happy as anything at what I do for a living, and I couldn't imagine doing anything else for the rest of my career. I'm a Gen-Xer. It took me YEARS (until my 30s) to find my successful niche. And that is fine with me.

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#66

Cursive. I'm a teacher and a few of my students have said they wished they would have been taught it. I know it's not important, but it's still fun to learn.

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Joel Blazquez Sargatal
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12 hours ago

Funny thing. When I went to school we actually started in cursive. In fact we only used cursive for writing. We never wrote words or sentences in non-cursive, only separate characters

#67

The queen of England should be brought up on War Crimes

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Joel Blazquez Sargatal
Community Member
12 hours ago

Did she actually call for war ever?

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