A simple Reddit thread that started off as one of the usual "Only in Ireland" light-hearted conversations has turned into a fairly insightful and reflective piece about our nation's serious attitude problems.
The thread was started by the user 'ShitCraic', and they titled the thread "What annoys you most about Irish society? Anything big or small".
Aside from the typical witty responses, there were some seriously to-the-point answers that show how Irish people struggle with things like mental health, support systems, and government issues.
We're too indirect
One user called CatCaste said:
"Nobody is just straight with you about shit. Irish people pretend to be direct and straight-forward but that's really not the case. Whatever people say, they say it behind your back, whether good or ill. Any sort of comment that could be considered too emotional or to have too much emotion behind it is buried.
"It's led me to assume that any compliment I get from anyone is sarcastic."
We're too in love with alcohol
Another great point was society's obsession with drink. Revolutionarycommie posted:
"The f*cking fixation around getting drunk as if it is the height of fun which nothing else can surpass.
"Don't get me wrong, I love a drink, and was out at the weekend. But some people only seem to talk about how drunk they were, when they are next getting drunk and how drinking is THE BEST THING EVER. It's just f*cking sad."
We don't appreciate our own culture
They also pointed out the loss of cultural pride that's hit Ireland:
"And lately, the Americanisation of the place.
"The looking down on traditional music and arts as "old fashioned" while listening to saps like Nicki Minaj and trying to emulate the bleeding Kardashians. Give it over, to paraphrase The Guard: 'We're not back in Atlanta are we? We're in fuckin' Galway'."
We don't speak out and take action
Irish complacency at times when change is needed was also mentioned. DJdule wrote:
"Being too polite to raise a voice against something which leads to tolerating almost anything."
Their point was compounded by Davisland's fairly honest comment about Ireland's tolerance:
"...Which in itself only compounds the problem. At first I thought how Americans speak up at EVERYTHING seemed rude, but over time in the US I kinda realised it's not rude as long as you're not mean or condescending.