Written for Americans, but fits well for Australians, or any other country of Western culture.
“Saying that life is hard is kind of like saying the sun is hot, water is wet, or noting that politicians lie a lot. It’s so obvious that anyone who’s paying attention already knows that it’s true. That being said, life’s even harder when you’re working under false assumptions that have been drilled into you by your teachers, college professors, Hollywood, and politicians. Much of what liberalism drums into the young skulls full of mush simply isn’t true and millions of lives have been ruined by people finding it out the hard way. The good news is that the truth is out there if you’re willing to look for it and not accept the easy answers that make you feel good.
1) You are a special little flower: We live in an “everybody’s a winner,” don’t use red ink, don’t offend anyone, participation trophies for everyone era where we build up self-esteem as much as possible. Then the college student who just went $100,000 a year in the hole to get a women’s studies degree from a prestigious university finds that she’s not even a stand-out at the $10 an hour job she only got because her father knew someone. This leaves her angry and baffled as to why she doesn’t even merit a raise, much less a promotion. When you have that experience, it’s easy to retreat into bitterness or video games where “greatness awaits” in a simulation where you get to restart over and over until you win. Contrary to what young people are taught in school, experience trumps brilliance, hard work beats talent, and most people value you for what you bring to the table right now, not how wonderful your teacher said you were for “trying hard.”
2) Faith isn’t relevant anymore: Hollywood almost universally makes Christians look bad in TV shows and movies, liberalism has become reflexively hostile to Christianity, and militant atheists work overtime to attack people of faith. Yet and still, this nation has been a success in large part because of Christianity. If not for this nation’s Protestant work ethic, fundamental Christian decency and Biblically inspired dedication to human rights, we would have never been so successful. That doesn’t mean all Christians are good and all atheists are bad because that’s certainly not true, but Christianity offers up a moral order to the universe that atheism in incapable of doing, by its very nature. Although I have known some wonderful people in my life who didn’t believe in God, on the whole I’ve found that Christians (and observant Jews for that matter) are happier, more stable and are generally just better human beings than the people who don’t believe. Contrary to what Hollywood would tell you, Christianity doesn’t keep people from “doing all the fun stuff” in life, it just steers them away from sins that are “fun for a season,” but that will do a lot of damage over the long-term. Few things will turn out to be more integral to your happiness and success as a human being over the long haul than your faith.
3) Morality doesn’t matter: It’s ironic that Christianity is regularly attacked, it’s considered bad form to talk about morals, and we worry more about offending people than doing the right thing; yet we’re shocked at how degenerate our society has become. You want a society with no moral code, where no one is ever made to feel bad about doing disgusting things? Well, then you should expect school shootings, welfare fraud, a deterioration of marriage, women having five children out of wedlock with four different men, perverted politicians, etc., etc., etc. When you say morality isn’t welcome, you don’t get to pick and choose which dearly held precepts are trampled into the dirt in the public square. If you want your kids growing up in a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, buy into the idea that morals don’t matter and you’ll be doing your part to make it a reality.
4) The world owes you a living: There was a time when, “The world doesn’t owe you a living,” was probably the mother’s favorite phrase to repeat to her child after, “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?” However, we’ve moved past that and now everyone seems to believe that if he gets a college degree, he’s owed a cushy, fulfilling job and all the cool stuff his parents had after a lifetime of work. Unfortunately, that’s the wrong answer, kiddo. For most people, all a college degree entitles you to is THE CHANCE to find a job where you’ll be allowed to start proving yourself for low pay. If you’re expecting more than that and daddy isn’t going to give you a VP slot at his company, then don’t be surprised if the world adjusts your expectations the hard way.”
Unfortunately this is far from being a complete list…