Here are some things I've learned over the course of my (albeit short) life:

  • First impressions do matter.
  • Attractive people get more out of life.
  • It's not always about "hard work" –– who you know will get you in the door faster.
These aren't necessarily "sad" things, either, but they're an indication of how the world actually works. Humans are complicated creatures, but that's harder for some people to understand more than others, as we learned once Redditor l_lll_lr_lrll asked the online community, "What's a harsh reality no one accepts?"

"You're the bad guy..."

You're the bad guy in someone's story, so many of your enemies will never admit to doing anything wrong, but the thing is neither will you in some situations.

People justify their own behaviour to themselves. That's why so many people can't apologize and double down on the shitty things they do.

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"Some people..."

Some people just can't be saved; you could give them every benefit in the world and they still could choose to throw it all away and you can't do anything about it.

IfTimeCouldDie

"You will be taken by surprise..."

Pain is inescapable. Not even acknowledging that pain is inevitable and preparing for it ahead of time can lessen it.

You will be taken by surprise, you will be hurt, you will not enjoy it, you will not be able to numb it, and there is nothing you can do except take it on the chin.

Cryptids4Sale

"The little ones don't..."

Mistakes do define you. The little ones don't, but if you make a big mistake, it will alter your life to an extent. Saying that they don't matter is a lie that will prevent you from diagnosing life problems later down the line.

CaptinHavoc

"Very few people..."

Very few people truly accept their mortality, and most of the time when it truly sinks in, people get scared and want to avoid it.

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"Bad things..."

Bad things will happen to you for no reason.

Burnt_Smurf

"You don't always keep..."

You don't always keep the good friends you meet. But that doesn't mean you can't make more later on down the road!

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"Not everyone..."

Not everyone will turn out to be a superstar or super successful in their lives.

Beauty and money matter a lot. The world is nicer to rich and beautiful people.

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"Some people just don't get..."

Some people just don't get a happy ending, some people never find happiness or satisfaction. People tell you that there is light at the end of the tunnel but for some people there isn't, they never get to see any light, just darkness.

Kermitting_OOFSide

"There's a point..."

All human beings are capable of being viciously immoral. There's a point where we can be forced or force ourselves to become completely animalistic. We can perpetrate murder and genocide, as just one example, and if justified to ourselves correctly, we will feel no remorse. We like to think that the only people capable of such horror are a minority but the truth is that we are all capable of it given the right circumstances.

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As if being a mom isn't hard enough, why does society want to heap on more stress. Women who can breastfeed need to be able to breastfeed. They need to do it whenever and wherever.

This has been a contentious, dramatic issue for generations. Some people just can't handle a boob out in public. A boob that is nourishing a child, I might add. When you're hungry, you don't want to wait, so why should a mom, make her baby wait until a more "appropriate" time?

God grow up.

Redditor u/Brace4Landing wanted to chat about what women have to do what they do, by asking:

What are your thoughts about women breastfeeding openly in restaurants?
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Have you ever found yourself handing over some hard-earned money while wondering "why am I even paying for this?"

There are some things that absolutely should be "free" - or at least not an extra fee on top of some already-paid money. So let's talk about them.

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Generations are sometimes a little confusing. What makes up a generation? Is it their ages or year they were born? Is it what was happening politically during the formative years? Is it the economic landscape that either afforded or denied certain life expectations? Maybe it's the technology that they had access to.

According to the Pew Research Center, it's all of these things and more. All of these factors can influence a generations understanding of the world and ultimately their thoughts as the move through it.

Depending on what generation you're from, you might have seen the drastic shift from records to CDs to Spotify, from payphones and landlines to cellphones.

Marked by technology and pop culture references, the older generations might actually look to Gen Z, the iGen, with pitty for never truly understanding the struggle of walking to school up hill both ways.

What are the struggles of the past that young people today really won't understand unless they were there to experience it? We went to Ask Reddit to find out.

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