Yes, there's some validity to that, in that we think this way. We think that other people make us feel certain things. We all feel bad when bad things happen to good people. This is all true. We all cried when we fell down and scraped our knees as children and we all believed that being treated poorly by other people has molded us in some way. We all have felt some level of pain, loss and rejection. Yes, this must be true...and because we think it's true it is true, but it doesn't have to be. That's enlightenment.
For social creatures to turn within themselves to find the truth and plant that seed of intention takes practice. It's like a garden. You can't just plant the seeds and expect them to grow, you have to water your garden, tend to it, turn over the soil, continue to care for it...and even then, sometimes the plants will die. Don't despair, this journey is cyclical, like all things, and you're not always going to remember everything you know....but you do know everything there is to know....and you always have.
We were born into a dark age. Sure, we're not as dark as we once were and perhaps there's a light at the end of the tunnel; however, it's not going to be reached in this life, at least not on a world-wide level. On the personal level, that's up to you. You can choose to continue being the victim of other people's ideas, etc....but you don't have to be.
An old flame once told me that I needed to be re-programmed (he was a computer programmer). Not exactly the most romantic thing to say, but in the context he was trying to make me feel better. At the time I was in a deep depression and though he turned out to be a huge douche, he taught me something...well, more like I learned a lesson and in the end, he was right. You can never, ever truly control another person...even if you think you can, even if you try your hardest. You can never ever make a person feel a certain way, if they don't want to feel that way; hence, it works in reverse.
So to those of you, like me, who are empathetic creatures; those who can relate and feed on other people's emotions, as if they were you're own...you don't have to feel all of this. Practice turning it off like a light switch. Turn within yourself...that dark, warm, safe place where you have all the power in the universe at your fingertips.
Apparently enlightened people can choose when they are ready to die. They close their eyes an leave their bodies. That's how powerful our minds are.
None of this is real and sometimes that's a really nice reality.