[lit-ideas] 30-something?

  • From: "Andreas Ramos" <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Lit-Ideas" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 20:35:22 -0800

People over 30 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 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 
(Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.) As children, we would ride in 
cars with no 
seatbelts 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 came on. No one was able to reach us all day. NO 

We did not have Playstations, 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 accidents? 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 

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 that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and 
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.

People under 30 are WIMPS! 

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