The Internet has come a helluva long way. Remember back when you used to have your Hotmail account and you’d get inundated by spam? Not even from random bots worldwide — from your friends. Yeah, chain mail when it was still hot. I remember all the ones that would tell me that I’d be doomed if I didn’t send it out to 15 friends in 15 minutes; or that I was a heartless bastard if I didn’t tell people how much I cared about a specific cause. I was going to post a mockery of chain letters called “Billy Connolly’s Chain Letter”, but while somewhat amusing, it was WAY too messed and vulgar for me to put in the blog, so if you want to see it, go look it up yourself.
But yes, the chain letter once stood tried and true as the majority of the emails we could count on getting daily. I don’t know if I preferred it over spam, but you don’t see much of it anymore. (Or perhaps it’s just an age thing, which I’ll admit is TOTALLY possible.)
I got this one from my father a few years back, and while it has since been debunked as coming from Bill Gates (it’s really from Charles Sykes’ “Dumbing Down Our Kids”), they’re all still relevant points that we can apply to our lives: