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I used to think that education is useful


It is useful.

4 out of 5 millionaires have college degrees.

Study hard and get good grades if you want financial stability.
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Well, "government" can be used as a name in my language so I thought Government was a generous person who liked to give others money for no reason. I also used to believe that a finger breaking meant it snapped in two since that's how it goes with breakable objects. Oh, I also didn't know how languages worked so I didn't know the words I was using belonged to a language. It was just how it was and the other languages were the unusual ones. I found out that wasn't true when I asked my mom what a word meant in this or that language and she said the same word back to me with one of them.
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I used to think America was the only place i could get a great education, then i Moved overseas.
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I would say being religious, but I'm not sure that I was ever wholeheartedly religious, because I never found any reason to believe for myself and was just trusting my family and community. Besides, I hate the use of "stupid" here. I hate when nonbelievers call believers stupid. However, I hope we all can see that I'm referring to the belief and not the person here.

However, what I *can* say was my belief that Christianity is good and that Christians are always good people. I worded that carefully so don't come telling me "Not all Christians" because then you've missed the point entirely (Of course Christians can be good people, and plenty are.). Two things happened to allow this belief: I didn't pay attention much in church. Church was so boring. I must not have ever had any contact whatsoever with the passages that put women below men, that instructed slavery, etc., etc. Second of all, I was sheltered. Oh so sheltered. I didn't even know that being Christian was a common thing where I lived. Lol. That really makes it sound like I was super sheltered by hardcore religious parents/family but that's not true. My parents are very liberal Christians.

EDIT: For something silly. When I was really young I believed that the Earth spinning might be what caused the wind.
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Spaghetti grew on trees

One of my teachers in grade school showed us that old black and white video of people picking spaghetti from trees. She passed it off as real. Most people living in central Florida during the 80's didn't make fresh pasta. I had no idea. For a couple years I thought spaghetti grew on tress. Kinda funny actually.
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I used to think that girls peed out of their butts. I think my mom just didn't want to explain the difference between the sexes at the time I asked about it. I believed that for a good long while.

I also thought global warming was a natural occurrence. Pretty sure I dismissed it all together at one point too.
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ronchester44 wrote:

I used to think that education is useful


This.
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If we're talking about belief as in faith and not facts, then I guess that changes my answer.
As a child I always believed that adults knew what they were doing and that everything they did was for some greater purpose (not that they all had to have the same purpose). I would search for the meaning in everything, thinking that everything people did reflected intent that reflected some truth about the world.
Now I know most things are done the way they are out of laziness, tradition and convenience. Mom and dad care nothing for justice. They just want the kids to shut up.
I never really did get over it.
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I used to believe that depression was mindset thing or because are people weak willed. I have it and I just couldn't enjoy the things I used to and there is nothing I can do about it excepting taking meds. It is kind of an eye opener. People might not realize they don't have as much control over themselves as they think they do.
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So far nothing I have learnt in High school has been of any use to me, not of it (except from 2 subjects: English and History). Having "Graduated" a little under 2 months ago, I can safely say that none of what I learnt in High school will be of any use to me in the near future other than getting me into further education. And the chances of me becoming a millionaire are slim to none. Furthermore, High school didn't teach me ANY of the following: taxes, health insurance, life insurance, managing my money, buying a house, paying for things, creating and maintaining a bank account, travelling, the law, my rights, what is illegal and legal etc. Basically, I don't know how to live, which contradicts (Completely) the shiny education that I have received. Whilst learning about Quadratic equations and the photosynthesis was interesting, will they pay my bills? Manage my money? Manage my life insurance? No
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Trickle down economics
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Humanity.
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that god was a good person.
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When I was real young, I believed a vagina was called a "paris". Where I got that idea, I have no idea
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I used to believe in determinism. Now I put less faith in blind speculation on how the universe works.
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