The 11 Things You Didn’t Learn in School (but Probably Should’ve)

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:

Some Rules for Being a Half-Decent Human

“Never do – what they do, what they do, what they do…”

— The Roots, “What They Do”, Illadelph Halflife (1996)

So we’ve discussed worrying and temptation – both of which aren’t necessarily bad things, but in smaller quantities. In larger amounts, they can take control of your mind and make you act in ways you might not prefer. But moreover, controlling these is but one of many tools to ensure that we operate as half-decent human beings.

One of the main life rules I abide by is to try and make sure that the actions I take don’t hurt anybody – including myself. Not always easy. Sometimes this means taking the high road, sometimes it’s all about standing up for those who don’t (or CAN’T) stand up for themselves. Life will be full of difficult decisions, but if we all held ourselves to a higher standard, then life would be a little bit easier for everybody.