Brutal truths are the hardest truths to face. But facing them and ceasing to live under illusions are not only acts of self-liberation, but ones that empower you to be a better person.

There are some brutal truths about life that most people choose to neglect because they make them feel uncomfortable.

What about you, do you choose to ignore or to face them?

1: The universe doesn’t care about you

 This is what we know so far:

The space in which we find ourselves came into existence around 13.8 billion years ago, and since then has expanded to a hundred billion galaxies. Our galaxy alone contains 100 billion stars. Of these stars, many are several times bigger than our Sun. 1,300,000 earths would fit inside our sun.

Not only is most of the universe uninhabitable to our type of (carbon-based) life, 95% of it does not even seem to consist of the same type of matter (but 68 % dark energy and 27% dark matter). On earth, conditions for life are not much better.

Only with the help of technological achievement have men and women been able to maximize their capacity to survive as much as we have.

All of such achievement has been man-made. When you realize that you alone are the beacon of hope in the universe, you can take responsibility for that power and help others.

Anyone who looks at the world as it really is can see that it’s characterized by suffering in far greater measure than it is by happiness and prosperity. This is one of the brutal truths about life many people tend to neglect.

When you become aware that this is not by design, you see that it was merely a matter of chance that you were born into fortunate circumstances. You’ll see that the only reward for doing good is the goodness it can bring into the lives of others, and start to make genuinely moral decisions.

2: Beautiful moments are fleeting

Once you come to terms with the idea that happiness is not a final and stable state of existence, but passing moments in time, it makes you more able to realistically look upon what can be expected of life.

This will make you more stoical in your attitude to difficult situations and your attitude to your relationships will improve.

3: You will die

This is perhaps one of the biggest brutal truths to really come to terms with. Everybody knows on the surface of things that they are going to die, but people often only come to this realization truly when they are older.

If you can live with this realization, it will genuinely affect your attitude to life. It will make you appreciate the time you have more, and you’ll play a more active role in your life.



4: You will have regrets

Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone has regrets. The important thing is to be able to face our regrets and incorporate them into our personal development. It’s very painful to look back on past experiences where you know you’ve behaved badly.

You have to forgive yourself for the things you did when you didn’t know any better. But it’s only when you look at those actions and admit your mistake that you can consciously make the decision to correct yourself for the future.

5: You are a primate

It is evident from our biology that: we share 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees, we grow fur and a tail in the womb. It’s also obvious from an honest analysis of human behavior that human beings are primates.

We have some savage characteristics, but also a capacity for reasoning and feeling empathy with our fellow living creatures.

“Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
― Charles DarwinThe Origin of Species

6: There’s never enough evidence to be absolutely sure of anything

All truth, if not logical or mathematical, is empirical.

That is, scientific or philosophical claims must have their source of experience, in the world we perceive. But this world, consisting of objects, is fundamentally mysterious because we can never know if our descriptions and claims about objects correspond to the objects themselves (meaning outside our perception).



For example, you can say the bowl is red, but that’s not to say that the atoms that make up the bowl have color. Even the laws we ascribe to nature are not necessarily true for all time, for we are bound by the limits of our mind and the duration of our existence. This is another one of the brutal truths most people are unaware of.

7: There is only now

The past is gone. The future is yet to come. Our minds traverse both realms so intimately that it almost seems as if we are there. Yet this world of our minds is only that: the realm of imagination. Focus on anything around you.

Feel what it is like to exist in a body. Be still. The past and the future are mere ideas. The present is all that is.

Live in it, or be as nothing.

References:

  1. www.reference.com
  2. How many galaxies are in the universe?
  3. What is dark energy?
  4. Evidence of human evolution
  5. Vestigal features of the human body
Caroline Hindle, M.A.

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This Post Has 60 Comments

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    Suzy Pereira

    Is this matrix

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    Suzy Pereira

    And yes sound very sad

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    Emil Emilio

    Don’t like these “truths” and I don’t agree with them.

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      Indigo Teri Turnage

      I guess one mans truth is another mans BS.

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    Bode Akande

    These truths hit me real time.. We should alway take responsibility for our lives for everything that happens to us.. #SelfAcceptance <3

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      Sherry Ann Sheare

      Ok wait, so you believe these truths?

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      Bode Akande

      Maybe u can’t relate to all instead. But brutal truth #3 is fucking true. We will all die.. 😉

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    Simon André Devoueize

    Just some eistentialist tantrum. it turned european to worthless sissies, don’t make the same mistake and don’t think like in the 19th century, that’s not a good idea.

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    Sam Peters

    Also life is a mirror. What you see in the world is actually more a reflection of what’s inside you than what really is. What you give you get. It’s a confusing hall of mirrors It’s also a riddle.
    I call it the love test. Success is going from failure to failure, with no loss of enthusiasm. Accept you will fail and die. You have a small window of opportunity to do anything other. Success and happiness is only ever fleeting.

    Success and failure, treat both those imposters the same. Laugh often and wear a smile till it fits ❤️ listen more than you speak. Most of all listen to the gentle pull of your heart. It’s your compass and it never lies. Follow it and believe

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      Edward Balarabe

      Thanks man

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      Sam Peters

      Thanks for reading. Everyday is the same day. Only you can make it different. If you wait..

      You’ll wait forever

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      Sherry Ann Sheare

      It’s not what you put out into the world it’s your thoughts, big difference!

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    Cristián Alberto G. Fuenzalida

    “The universe don’t care” so wrong.

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    Indigo Teri Turnage

    Well I only needed to read #1 to conclude this is pure Godless ignorance.

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    Tomm Boswell

    Be careful of brutal truths, honest to God truths, personal truths, insert adjective here truths. There is simply the truth. It is here now. You may access it. Open your eyes. Smell. Listen. Taste. Touch. Your body is given sense to expierience this truth. It is your ego that claims you can live in the future.

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    Michael Murphy

    How are these brutal. I literally cannot comprehend how to any extent these are brutal, i thought they were really obvious

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      Sherry Ann Sheare

      Obvious? Oh you need to open your mind and read some books! Knowledge is power half the shit is not truth it is bias opinion, which kind of says alot about you if you agree, think of it that way!

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      Michael Murphy

      Well some of it is actually true. if you think about it but then again everyone has their own opinion

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      Michael Murphy

      And people have their own perspective, its impossible for people to have the exact same view on everything, but truth number one is true though

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    Rick Blocker

    “Believe those who seek the truth. Doubt those who have found it.”
    Andre Gide, Autumn Leaves

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    Judit Domotor

    And I am going to make a cup of coffee now. Who’s with me?

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    Melissa Olmstead

    These were stupid. That is all there is to say about them.

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    Adam Charlton

    To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Lao Tzu

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    Dalton Hollis

    I got a kick out of that

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    Bechara Koyess

    You will perceive life from a total different angle when your main fear becomes time, i think that the “time factor” exists in this post in each of the 7 truths listed.. what do u think Michel Ghostine Ralph Nour ?-

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    Michel Ghostine

    Agreed

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    Freeda Herrera

    Brutal truth #6 nullifies Brutal truth #5. Lol

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    Phil Love

    Good Read”

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    Patrick Graven

    There are things that you think you’ll never need to know, that you may only need to know only one time in your life, but that could save your life because you had that knowledge. You will never ever be successful until you turn your pain into greatness, until you allow your pain to push you from where you are to where you need to be. Today is the only important day there is, there are thousands of seconds of the day and how you use those are critical. If you put as much time in for working as much as you put in for thinking about your fears, you would already be greatness. If you want to think bad enough to go out and fight for it, to work day and night for it, to give and make more time for it, everyday. Give it all you got, with all your passion and heart.

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      Carolann Reyes

      Interesting way to live.

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    JC Ballenger

    Only number 7 is an absolute truth. 2-6 are only true for the separated pessimist who believes number 1. Understanding that the entire universe exists not outside of us, but within us, negates the entire post.

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      Lionel Keijzer

      Amen to that

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    Robyn Rusby-Coleman

    That article was surprisingly quite biased.
    Sounds like it was written by my hard headed, self assured atheist father.
    You cannot say opinions are true or false
    Period

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      Robyn Rusby-Coleman

      Right?
      It is surprising since they are “the mind unleashed”
      They have some growth to do clearly

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    Edward Balarabe

    Phew!

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    Simon Lowe

    The only thing in here I want to see is that one day I will die ha, it’s been one of those 9-10 years!

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    Thiago Forster

    Nothing is truth.

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    Terry Giannios

    Looks interesting!

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    Aletta Brown

    Whose truths are these??? Not mine for sure!

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    Craig Cannan

    “Truth” is subjective. I can never be convinced otherwise (so don’t bother trying)… and that’s the truth 😉

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    Teresa Hall

    Nah

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    BD Malone

    true dat

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    Jamie McKenzie

    These truths aren’t exactly brutal. Fairly obvious.

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    Rachel Renée

    #6 negated the whole article.. kinda funny

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    Susan Leonard

    Wow, I’m so glad I done subscribe to this sort of thinking. There is so much more to life and beyond if only you’d see the truth – the truth will set you free from this hopelessness.

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    Gail Bono Ricci

    Ouchie!
    #truthhurts
    #7isagoalbutsohardsometimes

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    Sherri Hutton Gurnon

    Love #7, goals

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    Kathy Solt

    What’s so brutal? Most people know this stuff. A brutal truth is getting a vain, insecure person to realize their ass is much bigger than they think.

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    Sherry Ann Sheare

    Most people can’t handle simple truth let alone brutal truth!!

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    Sherry Ann Sheare

    They lost me at the universe doesn’t care about you, DONE bullshit bias opinions if a self loathing person in a fit of hatred and wanting to spread it in the world to be less alone in their miserableness!

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    Sherry Ann Sheare

    I’m thinking this is some kind of reverse psychology thing?! It’s definitely weeding put those who are awake from those still brainwashed and asleep!

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      Joe Carter

      Sounds like this struck a nerve, remember, everyhting is an opinion even your opinion.

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      Sherry Ann Sheare

      And that’s your perception because it certainly did not!

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    Sherry Ann Sheare

    Whoever believes these brutal truths needs to hurry up and start doing some research! There is still time for you to breathe knowledge into your life! I suggest watching The Secret on netflix first, laws of attraction, mindfulness, wellness, spiritual awakening, or awakening period! Conciousness is another big thing you should research!

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    Terrill Brodhead

    Well I guess that settles it. This is all for nothing, and we might as well just compulsively self-satisfy. i.e. ” Do what thy wilt”.
    Drugs, sex, n more drugs n sex here I come!! Probably toss in a few armed robberies to support all the debauchery. If I’m just a coincidence, and there’s no God, than…. why do I care?

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    Terrill Brodhead

    Did Lucifer himself Wright this article ?? Maybe somebody channeling him??

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    Enrico Palazzo

    Yes we will die, yes with regret, no happy moments are not fleeting. Yes, today is a gift, hence present. I am not a primate, neither are any of you. To say the world is characterized by suffering in far greater measure than it is by happiness and prosperity, while admitting no design, total bullshit. Media designed. The sun moon and truth can never be hidden. The “universe” cares otherwise we wouldn’t be here.

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    Denise Hawk Vander Werf

    Shouldn’t the header say, make you a better primate?

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    William Thomas

    Make you a better person according to whom?

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    Daniel Reis

    These make a lot of sense to me

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