Litigating Circumstances?

Published December 7, 2010 by Claire

Someone sent me the following by email the other day. It was one of those ‘send this to everyone you know’ emails which I never pass on, but at the time the contents resonated with me so I decided I would share them with you.

TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930’s 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.
Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonald’s , KFC, Subway or Nandos.
Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy  Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……..
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY ,
no video/dvd  films,
no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time…
We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT
Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bullies always ruled the playground at school.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!
Our parents didn’t invent stupid names for their kids like ‘Kiora’ and ‘Blade’ and ‘Ridge’ and ‘Vanilla’
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !
And YOU are one of them!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

Well yes, they’ve got a point.

But what they’ve missed is the fact that the lawyers didn’t regulate our lives. They prosecuted others for our mistakes. They told us “No, you don’t need to look where you’re going  in case there’s a crack in the pavement, because there should never ever be a crack in any pavement anywhere. That’s someone else’s fault, that is. That’s not your fault because you were too busy chatting to watch your step. Now let’s get you twenty thousand pounds, and I’ll have forty percent of that.” And we, instead of saying “No, that’s not right! If we do that, someone somewhere will have to pay! And it’s all very well to say that the Government can pay, but the Government get their money from me and people like me! No, I will not sue!” – instead we were greedy and we wanted something for nothing, money for old rope, ‘compensation’ for our own stupidity.

And then the Government stepped in and said ‘The only way to stop everyone suing everyone else is to make it illegal  to do anything, or at the very least to make everything so complicated it’s not worth doing. So that’s what we’ll do.”

Basically, we did this to ourselves. Until the laws change to make it only possible to sue someone who deliberately sets out to cause you harm – we’ll just have to stay in and play Nintendo. Until someone sues the Nintendo people because they’ve given themselves groin strain whilst having a Wii. (Geddit? See what I did there?).

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