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How many times has someone expressed this is the way we do something where you disagreed with the process? You’ve got company. Someone recently asked, “What are some of the worst examples of the “We’ve always done it that way” mindset?” Here are the top-voted responses.
10. Cycle of Abuse
“The cycle of abuse. Parenting styles matter,” stated one. Another confessed, “Felt this with my entire soul. People are always saying they aren’t abusive because they turned out fine. Welp, if your children are acting out, then you did not turn out fine, and neither are they.”
“Enduring pain is not a sign of strength. It’s a sign of mental weakness. Put societal norms aside and feel how you need to feel. Taking the L and putting yourself first is a sign of strength.
9. Church on Sundays
One user stated, “Church on Sundays. A parishioner who arrives at church an hour early every Sunday so they can get their preferred parking place and sit in the same pew they’ve sat in for decades.”
However, another argued, “I see your point, but I have no problem with this. The early bird gets the worm; the older you get, the more critical routine becomes. Plus, some people like to be in the building to reflect and feel at peace before service.”
8. Credit Score System
“The entire credit score system could use a do-over. It’s stupidly easy to lose credit, but an uphill battle to restore and build it back after making bad financial decisions. So I lose 30 credit points for opening a personal loan, and I get one point for paying expensive bills like my vehicle every month? There is something wrong with that.”
“We should have credit for every bill we pay and for every responsible payment. If we can’t have this, we should do away with the credit system entirely,” another claimed.
7. The One-Drop Rule
“The One-Drop Rule for racial classification,” said one. “Anti-black racists used it to deny anyone of mixed ancestry their rights. Now it is used by racists who want to deny the mixed ancestry of mixed-race people.”
“So, for example, Obama, who is always called our ‘first black president’ rather than our first mixed-race president, the argument that the “One-Drop Rule” was used in the past, so it should still be used today.”
6. Ten Key
Someone shared a hilarious anecdote, “Not me, but a friend had a summer job in high school. He was keying in data using the ten key, and the boss told him not to do that. Instead, he needed to use the keys at the top of the keyboard. It makes me laugh to this day.”
5. The American Political System
“The American political system,” one shared. “The refusal to learn better ways from Europe, like better wages and universal healthcare. Also, the unwillingness to go green when industrial pollution is the leading cause of greenhouse gasses, global warming, and climate change. The greed of the elite class leads to increasing worldwide poverty.”
Another added, “The healthcare thing is hilarious. The world has collectively decided that’s the best way to do it, and then you have us, the wealthiest country on earth, just like, “But who’s going to pay for it?”
4. Going into Debt for Weddings
“We’ve always spent two paychecks on buying a ring to propose? Honey, this was pushed by diamond corporations. NO! Also, we’ve always had extravagant weddings that cost even more.”
“Honey, I’m not draining another month’s pay so you can wear a white dress in front of your creepy uncles. Wedding planners pushed this to drain more money out of you.,” one suggested.
3. Cooking Turkey
Another person shared, “Every year on Thanksgiving, my mother gets disappointed because her turkey usually doesn’t turn out well. Last year I gave her a couple of easy recipes that had good reviews on the internet. She didn’t even want to look at them because ‘we always cook a turkey like this.”
“I explained nicely that that way has never worked and probably won’t work. Can you believe she said she’s not going to waste money to “experiment on a turkey?!”
One person suggested, “The Circumcision only mindset. Genital mutilation against someone’s will, good old humanity!” Others agreed that the procedure is barbaric and not practiced by the world’s majority. Naturally, some mother’s stood by their decision to circumcise their sons for cleanliness, while others demanded that it is a myth.
1. Handwashing History
Finally, someone shared, “In 1847, Ignaz Semmelweis noticed a correlation between women dying of childbirth fever and whether their doctors had been handling cadavers. So he employed a regimen of washing hands for all the doctors under his authority, and infection rates in his hospital dropped drastically.”
“Semmelweis tried to spread this information, only to be stonewalled by the fact that nobody wanted to think of doctors as dirty. The fact that he couldn’t explain why this worked didn’t help either.”
“Eventually, he was locked in an asylum and died of abuse. Several years after this, germ theory and hand washing were widely accepted by the medical community.”
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