Does life “teach” us?
The phrase certainly holds some weight. Life gives us plenty of trials, and far too often we don’t get what we want. We reflect and come to conclusions, with varied details but more or less the same in general.
But it’s not black and white. The intention matters, much like giving someone a compliment. Oftentimes people use that phrase to dismiss the fact that there is such thing as voluntary learning. Go with that thinking and you’ll be more and more entitled because you’ll believe that people should get trophies for doing nothing. And the other side of that coin is refusing to pay homage to people who put in the work.
Sure, we need to empathize because people face hardships, but what about those take no responsibility? There’s got to be some difference. This is not a good place to be in since that can cause a snowball effect.