posted on Jan, 27 2004 @ 11:47 PM
A must read for people over 25 yrs of age.
Subject: We should be dead
To the survivors:
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who
were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's probably shouldn't have
survived. Our baby cots were covered with bright colored lead-based
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets,
and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.)
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding on the back of a tractor on a warm day was always a special
treat. We drank water from the garden hose or streams in the hills and
not from a bottle. Horrors!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and
no one actually died from this We ate cakes, bread and butter, and
drank lemonade with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we
were always outside playing.
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we
were back when the street lights came on.No one was able to reach us
all day. No mobile phones. Unthinkable.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then
rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After
running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games
at all, no 99 channels on sky or cable, video tape movies, surround
sound, personal mobile phones, personal computers, or Internet chat
We had friends! We went outside and found them.
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth,and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms, and
although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very
many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the
door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.
Footy teams we're picked by hand and not everyone made the team.
Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard
of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and
problem solvers and inventors, ever.
he past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new
ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we
learned how to deal with it all.
And you're one of them!
Congratulations. Please pass this on to others who have had the luck
to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our
lives, for our own good.