Thursday, 17 July 2014

Our Backwards Life Cycle


Someone once said, "A bad sense of humour is better than no sense of humour." I have no idea where that originated, but I have often used it as my own.

How would you like to finish off your life? I'm sure that we all have ideas of what constitutes a life well lived. It may involve a religious worldview, a humanitarian ethos, or simply a good old fashioned honest work ethic. All admirable in their own ways, I'm sure.

But then along comes the comic with his own slant on the question. And if we've learned anything from those with humorist tendencies,  it is to expect the unexpected. 

A friend recently shared the following quote on Facebook that he claimed as being attributed to American humorist, Jack Handey. I don't know if Handey was actually the author or not, but given my own twisted sense of humour, I simply had to share it. Enjoy.
"The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A death. What's that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you're too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months warm, happy, and floating...you finish off as an orgasm."
LOL. Well there you have it. I too have often wondered if our "life cycle is all backwards."

Caveat: The above quote was 'cut 'n pasted' from Facebook. If anyone knows or can prove the authorship, or can correct the quote if it is misquoted, please drop me a comment so that I can properly cite the work, correct it if necessary, and properly seek re-publication permission from the actual author. Thanks.
Photo Credit: Gonzalo Merat, Flickr Creative Commons

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