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There are two kinds of facts pertaining to the Realities of Life that we all have to deal with and consider in living our lives. We can call them: 1. The general facts of life, and 2. The facts of our own personal circumstances. General Facts of Life. The general facts of life correspond to certain realities of life that are universally true in this world. An example is the fact that we all require food -- and usually shelter and clothing, also -- which we must all acquire in some way. It is just a general fact of life. It is a fact that is true for every human being in the world. (It is even true for all animals and creatures of the world -- all must at least eat. Otherwise they die.) Young children growing up may not fully appreciate this universal fact of life while their parents are providing for all of their needs but when they get older it is a fact they are forced to face. No one in the world can live on dreams, fantasies and hopes. It would be very nice if they could but they can't. This fact gives rise to another important fact of life: the importance of money in this life and the central role it plays. It is true everywhere you go in this world and especially in the industrialized, developed countries of the world where there is so much interdependence. We all have to have some way of acquiring money because, for most of us, money is the only way we have of acquiring food and the other necessities that we have to have. Everywhere you go in the world money is a basic necessity and a way has to be found for getting it. That usually means that at least one member of every family must seek, find and hold a job. That is pretty much another universal fact of life. To appreciate these general facts of life consider the position a person finds himself in if some great natural event, such as a hurricane, flood or earthquake, suddenly destroys his home and those of hundreds of thousands of other people around him in a great disaster, leaving everyone homeless and penniless with only the clothes on their back -- such as happened with the hurricane and flooding disaster of New Orleans. What does such a person do? How does he eat? Without money or resources how does he live? Another fact of life in most of the world: competition for jobs, a scarcity of jobs, and difficulty in finding jobs (especially good ones). The world is full of drab, boring, unpleasant jobs. Other general facts of life: - Life is never perfect. There are always flies in the ointment. Things always come in packages and every package has it's mix of pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, pluses and minuses. It is true whether you are choosing a spouse, buying a house, taking a job, whatever. Nothing ever comes complete with everything you would like. You have to make your decisions and accept the bad with the good. - Sexual attraction, sexual interest, the sexual forces within us. This is a fact of our existence that is true not only for humans but for animals and essentially all creatures of the earth. It is an important force that plays a big role in life. The facts of our personal circumstances. There are many facts representing Reality for each of us that are not universal facts of life but rather are facts of Reality for us specifically and individually. Each of us carries with us a set of personal facts that are unique to us and determine much about us, how we see life, our self-image, our ability to compete in life and land good well-paying jobs, etc.. They are facts of life specific to us. There are many examples: - Our physical appearance. You may be good-looking, attractive. You may be obese and ugly. You may be tall. You may be short. You may have a deformed, ugly face. You may be a cripple. Your appearance is a fact of life that goes with you wherever you go. These facts of life can have big implications, be a big influence on how well we do in life, how well we can compete for jobs, our relationships with other people, how happy our lives are. They are facts unique to you. They are facts that affect your self-image. - One's race. You may be white, black or oriental. If you are from some minority group that has a bad reputation for things like violence, crime, ignorance, laziness, incompetence, etc. it is a big negative in life for you. - Our own particular mental abilities, talents, traits, quirks, idiosyncrasies, inabilities, weaknesses, etc. One person may be a quick learner, quick to catch onto things. Another person may be slow. Natural slowness is a mental trait or idiosyncrasy that can have major implications for a person in regard to how he does in life, how well he can compete for jobs, etc.. It can be a major burden, curse and hindrance to a person as he tries to make his way through life -- affecting his self-image, his performance in school, his confidence, and pulling him down in life. One person may not be able to function under pressure. Another may be able to. - The state of one's health. One person may be in very good health with no health problems. Another person may have generally poor health or have one or more major or minor health problems. Health is important in life. Poor health can affect one's attitudes, outlook and morale and his general ability to function and cope in life. - One's age. You could be a child just getting started out, middle aged, or a retired person. - One's responsibilities. One person may be single and responsible only for taking care of himself. Another person may have a wife and ten children to take care of. - One's educational accomplishments and qualifications in terms of professional degrees, etc. These accomplishments have a great deal to do with your ability to compete in this world, acquire good jobs, and get that money so necessary for survival. One person may be a physician earning a lot of money. Another person may be illiterate or functionally so and able to qualify only for the most menial of jobs. - Where you are born. One person may be born to some wealthy family living in luxury with all advantages that wealth can give and another person may be born an illegitimate child to some poor, unwed black woman hooked on cocaine in a large city ghetto. One person may be fortunate enough to be born here in the USA with all its educational and economic opportunities and another may be born in some very poor third world country where there are few opportunities. Some facts of our personal circumstances can be changed. 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