17 Lies We’ve Been Tricked Into Believing All Our Lives

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We all have been told a lie at some point in our lives, and some of them have been so ingrained into our culture that we never question them. But it’s time to break free from these falsehoods and live in the truth.

Someone recently asked, “What lie do people need to stop believing?”. These were some of the best answers given.

#1 Your call is important to us. Please stay on the line.

The Truth: It’s not.

You’ve probably heard this phrase a million times while waiting on hold for customer service. But let’s be honest; if your call were that important, someone would have picked up by now. Companies use this line to appease frustrated customers and make them feel they matter. But your call is just one of many in a long queue. So don’t hold your breath; grab a snack, and settle in for a long wait.

#2 MLMs are a good source of income.

The Truth: They are not. They are pyramid schemes.

MLMs, or multi-level marketing companies, often lure in unsuspecting people with the promise of making big bucks from home. But the truth is, they’re just pyramid schemes in disguise. Only the top people make real money, while those at the bottom struggle to make ends meet. Not to mention, MLMs often require you to purchase their products upfront, leaving you with a garage full of unsellable items. So don’t be fooled by their promises of financial freedom; steer clear of MLMs altogether.

#3 Everyone gets a happy ending.

The Truth: Life is not a fairytale.

Sorry to burst your bubble. Life is not a fairytale. You can do everything right, work hard, and still not get the ending you were hoping for. Life is unpredictable, and sometimes it throws curveballs that we can’t dodge. But that doesn’t mean you should give up hope. You never know what surprises life has in store for you, and sometimes the best endings are the ones we never saw coming.

#4 We use only 10% of our brain.

The Truth: This is a myth.

Contrary to popular belief, we use our entire brain, not just 10%. Scientists have debunked the idea that we only use a fraction of our brain, so you can stop feeling bad about not reaching your brain’s full potential. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your brain’s capabilities through exercise, learning, and challenging yourself. So, keep learning and keep your brain active!

#5 You no longer get zits when you get older.

The Truth: Sorry, but acne can happen at any age.

Sorry to break it to you. Acne can happen at any age. It’s not just a teenage problem. Many adults struggle with acne, especially women. Hormonal changes, stress, and genetics can contribute to acne, regardless of age. So, don’t feel bad if you’re still dealing with breakouts. Just remember to take care of your skin and seek professional help.

#6 You do not have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing.

The Truth: Time is of the essence when it comes to missing persons.

Listen up, folks, and time is of the essence when it comes to missing persons. Waiting 24 hours to report someone missing is one of the biggest lies. The first 48 hours are crucial in any missing person’s case. So if you suspect someone is missing, don’t wait! Report it immediately to the authorities. Let us help bring our loved ones home as soon as possible.

#7 Tear here to open.

Spoiler Alert: It’s not always straightforward.

We’ve all been there, struggling to open a package that claims to have an easy-tear strip. But let’s be honest, sometimes that strip is about as easy to tear as a phonebook. So, don’t hold your breath the next time you see that perforated line. Grab a pair of scissors or a knife, and get ready to do some real tearing.

#8 Corporations can regulate themselves.

The Truth: Yeah, right.

The idea that corporations can regulate themselves is laughable. Companies are in business to make a profit. And sometimes, that means cutting corners for cost savings or increased efficiency. That’s why we need government regulations and watchdogs to keep these corporations in line. Don’t let them fool you with this self-regulation nonsense.

#9 Giving tax cuts to the wealthy helps the poor.

The Truth: There is no trickle-down.

Here’s a little secret – the rich don’t need more money. Giving them tax cuts won’t make them magically create more jobs or improve the economy. Instead, it leaves less money for public services like education, healthcare, and social programs that could benefit the poor. So let’s stop believing this lie and demand a fairer tax system that helps everyone.

#10 Nine out of ten people can’t solve this simple math problem! Don’t be one of them.

Let’s face it, and math can be intimidating. But here’s the truth – this “simple math problem” is often just a trick question designed to trip people up. Don’t let it get the best of you! Take your time, read the question carefully, and don’t hesitate to ask for help. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses – don’t let a math problem define you.

#11 Small animals like reptiles, fish, and rodents have no intelligence.

The Truth: They may not be able to talk, but that doesn’t mean they’re not smart.

Just because they can’t speak or solve complex problems doesn’t mean these little guys aren’t intelligent. Did you know that some fish can recognize themselves in mirrors or that rats can learn to play games and even show empathy towards their fellow rodents? So let’s give these little guys some credit – they may be small but mighty in their own way.

#12 Every mechanic is out to take your money.

The Truth: Not all mechanics try to rip you off.

Have you ever felt like your mechanic was trying to rip you off? It’s a familiar feeling, but the truth is that not all mechanics are out to take your money. Sure, some bad apples are. The key is finding a mechanic you can trust. You should research, read reviews, ask friends and family for recommendations. When you find a good mechanic, hold onto them tight!

#13 Money doesn’t buy happiness.

The Truth: It may not buy happiness, but it certainly makes life easier.

We’ve all heard the saying that money can’t buy happiness, and to some extent, it’s true. Money won’t solve all your problems but it can make life easier. Let’s face it, being broke is stressful. Money may not bring happiness, but it can bring peace of mind. It can allow you to take that dream vacation, buy a home, or pay for your child’s education. Money may not be the key to happiness, but it can open many doors.

#14 Carrots help with eyesight.

The Truth: This is only partially true.

We’ve all been told to eat our carrots because they help with eyesight, but the truth is that this is only partially true. Carrots are a good source of Vitamin A, essential for eye health, but they won’t magically cure all eye problems. Eating carrots alone won’t give you perfect vision, but incorporating them into a healthy diet can help. So, eat your carrots, but don’t expect miracles.

#15 Practicing a religion makes you a good person.

The Truth: What you do with your religion matters.

The saying “practice what you preach” also applies to religious beliefs. Simply practicing religion does not guarantee that someone is a good person. What matters is how they act upon their thoughts. Using religion to judge or harm others is not acceptable, but using it to spread kindness and compassion is what truly matters. Let’s not consider others based solely on their religion but on their actions towards others.

#16 Dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans’.

The Truth: Sorry, Fido, but this is a myth.

We all love our furry friends, but let’s face it – their mouths are not cleaner than ours. Dogs’ mouths are a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. While it’s true that dogs have enzymes in their saliva that can help fight off some bacteria, it’s not enough to make their mouths cleaner than ours. So, next time your dog gives you a slobbery kiss, remember that you might be getting more than just a little bit of love.

#17 Time heals all wounds.

The Truth: Sometimes injuries need more than healing time.

We’ve all been told that time heals all wounds, but sometimes wounds need more than just time to heal. Whether you have a physical or emotional injury, proper care and attention is necessary for a full recovery. Neglecting a wound can lead to infection and complications; the same goes for emotional wounds. Ignoring our feelings and trying to tough them out can worsen things in the long run. Don’t be afraid to seek help.

Final Words

In conclusion, there are many lies that people commonly believe. However, it’s important to question these beliefs and not simply accept them as truth. By doing so, we can avoid being misled and make more informed decisions in our daily lives.

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