Frustrated groups of people who are strongly against what they perceive as shameful actions of the government speak out in various forms of protests.
All it takes for a movement to gain traction in an attempt to bring about change is the influence of people on social media who embolden other like-minded individuals to speak out.
But there are some issues people have been reticent to talk about – or know nothing of – concerning how the government somehow failed them.
Curious to hear what strangers on the internet thought, Redditor TheCosBee asked:
"What is the worst thing your government has done that most people don't know about?"
Past wrongs have never been forgotten.
"A charity built a children's hospital in my third world home country. The moment they left, the government sold the incubators, beds, air conditioning and anything else that can be removed. Distributed the money amongst themselves."
"In 1951 the state forcibly removed 22 Greenlandic children from their parents and moved them to Denmark in order to give them 'a better life', so they could be 'role models' for other Greenlanders, as a social experiment, which for obvious reasons was deeply traumatizing for the children."
In The Netherlands
"Massacring close to the entire population of an island group in Indonesia because we wanted all the nutmeg for ourselves. It happened in the 17th century on the Banda islands."
"Not sure how well this is known but there was an uprising in Namibia in the 18th century while it was still a German colony. The German soldiers refused to fight because they didn't want to shoot civilians. So the high command told them to shoot over their heads to push them out into the desert where they would starve them out. In the end, I believe 200k died."
Some shameful acts by the government have been known to continue today.
"Canada has continued forced sterilization programs for native women as recently as 2017."
"Just a fun fact."
"Erasing people that are against the government politics happens every time in Mexico."
In The Philippines
Current war on drugs here in the Philippines. President Duterte allowed the police to kill suspected drug dealers. That's right, kill, not arrest no investigation, no warrant, no court. A cop can waltz inside a house of a guy he doesn't like, kill him, plant some drugs and a gun, and go off scot-free. This has cost the lives of 5,000 'drug dealers' with no progress on the drug war."
The atrocities of World War II included these events not many are aware of in other parts of the world.
"During WW2, Croatia had special concentration camps for killing children."
"Sweden had 'concentration camps' during WW2 where they conducted racial studies."
"Australia had concentration camps during both WW1 and WW2. Rottnest, the island most known for the cute Quokkas, has had most it's time as an Aboriginal prison island since westerns arrived but during WW2 it was a camp for Italians to be held in as they weren't trusted."
"Granted Japanese researchers immunity from being prosecuted for war crimes after WW2 in order to access the medical data the researchers obtained through ghoulish medical experiments they conducted on living human subjects."
The many contributions from Redditors in the thread are an indication that known or unrecognized corruption is not limited to certain countries.
There is beauty in the landscapes in all parts of the world with many significant cultural differences making each country remarkably unique.
However, the comments from international Redditors shared here are a sobering reminder of the many injustices around the world that continue getting swept under the rug or are difficult to forget.
That is until they stumble and land on their face.
It turns out what they were resistant to accepting in the first place was accurate all along.
If only they listened.
Curious to hear of other people's growing pains, Redditor TinyUnderstanding948 asked:
"What lesson did you have to learn the hard way?"
You can protect yourself with these reminders.
Leave A Paper Trail
"Any monetary or business agreement needs to be in writing!"
Observing The Fine Print
"Read the contract."
Generally speaking, business relationships and friendships are mutually exclusive.
"Not everyone you work with is your friend."
What Venting Led To
Consumers who were previously taken advantage of have the following advice to pass along.
Splurge On Good Quality
"Buy it nice or buy it twice."
"This is 100% accurate but needs a disclaimer: expensive does not always equate to nice."
The relationships we have with people are complex, but you may want to keep these in mind.
Extending A Lifeline
"You can't have a relationship with someone's potential."
Achieve Mutual Adoration
"Loving someone doesn't mean they will keep loving you."
And when it comes to your health, listen up.
"Drink plenty of water."
"Ended up at the ICU with an IV drip for severe dehydration."
"DRINK YOUR WATER!"
While advice from the people we care about comes from a good place, they are not always appreciated.
At least for me, I've found that picking myself up and dusting myself off was most effective.
That has to come naturally.
"What’s the most out of line thing a doctor has every said to you?"
Not Going Mental
The wrong treatment after a misdiagnosis can be a doctor's serious mistake.
"I was petrified. Went home in tears and absolutely petrified."
"Then my dad took me to his doctor, who took a biopsy."
"It was just a random skin growth and she cut it off then and there."
"Too Young" For Cancer
The "Sad" Pill
It's even more unsettling when someone you entrust your life to crosses a line.
Assessment Or Pick-Up Line?
"Mental health doctor told my daughter, 'You're too pretty to be depressed.'"
A NSFW Observation
Mom To The Rescue
The Gynocologist's Love Advice
The Gyno Who Jumped To Conclusions
Going to the doctor's office for any reason can cause a lot of anxiety.
Hopefully, you're in good hands with a physician who is professional, as well as compassionate.
Growing up, I had zero idea that the food I ate daily was "cultural."
She had to explain it because we were about to eat at a white friend's house for the first time.
"What do you mean there's no rice with the beans? Did they run out? Should we bring some?"
"No, they just don't eat rice and beans."
"So what do they eat with their chicharron de pollo?"
Y'all should have seen my face.
Reddit user remyleboi00 asked:
"Non-Americans, what is the best 'American' food?"
Even as someone born in America, it took a while before I got familiar with American food.
So if it's just not your comfort zone - let Reddit guide you to the can't miss dishes.
"Cajun food. Definitely the most unique American food"
"As an American I 100% agree with you. Cajun food is heaven sent"
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"Curly fries 👌"
"It’s especially good with some pulled pork and caramelized onions mixed in. And some insulin."
"Solid choice. We Americans LOVE cheese."
"No need to apologize. One of our favorites too."
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"We also get spoiled with your traditional cuisine."
"I usually get a food coma on Thanksgiving"
"Same with the ham or prime rib dinner at Christmas. And all the pies. God I love pumpkin pie."
"I smoke meatloaf, can't go back to oven baked ever again."
"This tread has me wanting to smoke a brisket sooner rather than later."
"Now, pork and chicken, whatever else... Go nuts... Just leave beef alone."
"I had smoked mac and cheese once, it was heavenly."
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The Holy Pudding
"I can’t find someone who’s listed it so"
"That shit is LIFE CHANGING"
"Gotta have the Nilla wafers or it isn't right."
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"A nice warm cornbread muffin with some butter and a little drizzle of honey is amazing."
"Cornbread with a nice bowl of chili is such a nice comfort food."
"And the spicier the chili the nicer the sweet, buttery cornbread is with it."
"Farmer’s market jam is the way."
"It's easily top 3 greatest sandwich ever."
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"Took them to my favorite little spot, they loved the waitress filling up their cups unprompted."
Now that youve heard Reddit, it's my turn.
I was 22 before I had meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
FAM. Fam. Faaaaaaaaaaam.
Keep your greasy pizza, amateurs. It's potato time over here.
"How does someone politely end a conversation with a person who won't stop talking?"
Extricate Yourself Immediately
"When they draw a breath, politely say:"
""On that note, I must be on my way.""
Then, simply leave."
Couldn't Get Him To Shut Up
"But some people just need to talk for whatever reason. I need my freaking silence."
Put It In Writing
Put Them (Back) To Work
Taking Care Of Each Other
Talk To The Door
Take Your Turn
Create A Deadline
"My entire dad's side of the family are the type that never stop talking."
No Need To Feel Bad