The real reality check came with the GFC: and that check showed that it is sociopathic gamers of the system (political/financial) who destroy as means to paper profit for themselves. So, better to be young and optimistic while tackling the real problem, than to be a self con-centered naive sociopath who will soon be given a shocking reality check of their MO. Be part of the solution, not the problem; else you will be seen as a sociopath not a human being in touch with the common reality rather than your own 'pathological reality' as espoused by the Gordon Geckos and Mitt Romneys of this world. Wake up. Stop gloating over others' misery brought about by such as these.