Prepare you for the World

You've probably had a teacher say something like this:

I'm just getting you ready for the real world. Out there people are going to chew you up and spit you out, and you have to be ready to deal with it. The world is mean and terrible and it's every person for themselves.

And we all just...accepted that. The world is mean, check.

But these days I'm starting to realize how flawed the premise is. Yes, there are mean people in the world. But the idea that basically the entire world is mean and out to get you...that seems like very broken thinking. We, you and I, are “the world” for everyone we encounter. The expectation that “the world is crappy people and you just have to deal with it” is tacit permission to be a crappy person.

We can do better.