People over 50 should be dead.
Here's why. According to today's regulators and bureaucrats,
those of us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, or even maybe
the early 70's probably shouldn't have survived.
Our baby cribs were covered with
bright colored lead-based paint. 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 in the back of a
pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat!
We drank water from the garden
hose and not from a bottle. Horrors! We ate cupcakes, bread and
butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never
overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared
one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one
actually died from this.
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 would leave home in the morning
and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights
No one was able to reach us all
day. NO CELL PHONES!!!!! Unthinkable!
We did not have Play-stations,
Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on
cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones,
personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.
We had friends! We went outside
and found them. We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball
would really hurt.
We fell out of trees, got cut
and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these
accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember
We had fights and punched each
other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.
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!
Little League had tryouts and
not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to
deal with disappointment.
Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade
and were held back to repeat the same grade.
Horrors! Tests were not adjusted
for any reason.
Our actions were our own. Consequences
were expected. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke
a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine
This generation has produced
some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors,
ever. The 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!