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It's a time of hardship and hard truths in the world. So perhaps it is a time to own up to some hard truths we've all been hiding from for awhile.

The thing is, these truths will be hard to face at first, but after the initial hardship, they will set you free.


u/RealityPizza asked:

What's a hard truth most people need to hear?

Here were some of those answers.



It's Not Cool To Be Edgy

You will never get praised for being different and having different beliefs you will just get pushed away and there's a high change you will end up being alone most of the time, but that is not necessarily bad

cocoasniffer

Not A Persona

That being rude and "intimidating" isn't an interesting part of your personality. I admit, I used to do this too, but I learned that no one thought I was smart, witty, or intimidating, and that I came off as a clueless and edgy a**hole

Angel_Pie5

Knowledge Is Power

You aren't special. But the great thing is, this knowledge can be a weight off your shoulders. You don't need to be special. It's ok not to stand out. Accepting you're not special, and being ok with just being average, with just being you will allow you to stop striving for the unattainable, for perfection or greatness (which is really just seeking recognition from others). It will help you find happiness that much faster.

Besides, you don't have to be special to the world, only to a few people. True happiness is being satisfied with who you are and what you have. And weirdly, that's pretty special in and of itself, since it's what everyone in this world is really striving for.

Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

PrincessMonsterShark

Fairness Or Equality?

Fair isn't equal. People conflate the two as synonymous when they are not. Fair means that everyone gets what they need while equal means that everyone gets the same regardless of need.

We, culturally speaking, focus a lot of our energy on making everything equal which a endless uphill battle because it just exposes more and more "problems" or "issues" because objectively speaking everyone is not equal. People make more money than others, or have a better socioeconomic network, or are just flat out more intelligent. We will never be equal, at least not within our current cultural institutions. We need to shift focus on being fair to everyone and stop singling out causes to crusade equality. Fight for marriage for everyone. Fight for fair wages for everyone.

Werealldudesyea

Blind Eyes, Deaf Ears

Most people will be happy to complain about the world but are actually part of the problem. Most people are hypocrites and like to blame others to hide their own insecurity and apathy. People think hating the faces of these problems is enough and that there's nothing they can do about it.

People complain about Amazon and Jeff Bezos all the time but have Amazon prime accounts and don't support small businesses.

People will complain about the state of our government but not vote or be engaged in local government.

People talk sh!t about Bezos not donating large chunks of his wealth but have never given a dime to charity in their lifetime.

People like to talkabout some youtube chick cut up a few fishes inhumanely but turn a blind eye to meat farms and the low standards large meat industries actually impose on their animals.

As a liberal, it hurts me to say this but there are many people who can actually pick themselves up by the bootstraps and get what they want but choose not to. Sure there are billions of others who can't but I hate it when I see people who come from middle-class America complaining about how they can't get what's rightfully theirs because of the upper class when they did nothing but spend all their free time partying or drinking. You can argue the system we are taught itself teaches failure but I think with how accessible data is a lot of people choose the realities they live in.

FutureRope

Just Stop With The Mean Words

Talking to people like you do on the internet will get you straight up knocked out if you do it in real life. Something to consider when we all go back to our normal lives after so many months of being pricks to strangers.

Maybe start practising now, in case you call the person in front of you at mcdonalds in a few months a c*nt for calling it a muffin and not mcmuffin.

Chuck_Findlay

It Only Takes A Moment

Most people don't care about you, your accomplishments and what you look like. Even friends are happy/sad/angry for you mere seconds before forgetting.

Hard truth as it can be demoralizing but also it takes a weight off your shoulder. Live freely, for yourself (be mindful to respect other's freedom still)

sunnyfel

Badgering The Witness

If a person acts like they aren't interested in you, they aren't. You aren't entitled to their attention or affection so stop it. The idea that persistent badgering will make them change their mind needs to go.

Careless_Hellscape

Ah Yes, An Angel Wizard

It is none of your goddamn business how someone else lives their life. If it doesn't directly impact you, leave them alone.

"But being fat is so unheal-" Is it affecting you? No? Shut up. None of your business.

"But that's a stupid thing to spend money-" Is it making your life harder? No? Shut up. None of your business.

"But it's sinfu-" Does their sin send you to Hell? No? Shut up. It's none of your business.

To boil it down: unless someone is asking you to get involved, don't goddamn get involved. You aren't being helpful. You aren't the Wise Angel Wizard that found the key to fixing them. You aren't the Big Goddamn Hero saving the day. You're just a nosy, pushy jerk who can't mind their own business.

captain_borgue

I Can If I Try

You can pick your nose and you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friends nose.

It's surprising how many people don't understand what this actually means.

Squirrelgirl25


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The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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