a little girl nearby in a little red wagon with little ladders hung off the sides and
a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle.
The girl was wearing a firefighter’s helmet.
The wagon was being pulled by her dog and her cat.
The firefighter walked over to take a closer look.
'That sure is a nice fire truck,' the firefighter said with admiration.
'Thanks,' the girl replied. The firefighter looked a little closer. The girl had
tied the wagon to her dog's collar and to the cat's testicles.
'Little partner,' the firefighter said, 'I don't want to tell you how to run your
rig, but if you were to tie that rope around the cat's collar, I think you could go
The little girl replied thoughtfully, 'You're probably right, but
then I wouldn't have a siren.'
2 friends (separately) sent me the above forward today. It is meant to be funny, and I am sure my friends meant well, but it did not seem funny to me. It struck me as an excuse to express cruelty rather than something truly humourous. And we are all culpable, not just the ones who make up the joke, but also the ones who forward it, and me to, for posting it as an example.
Empathy Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives
I'd just like us to stop and think for a moment. If you found it funny, ask yourself why? If you did not, will you be more aware of other influences in your world. If you found it neither funny, nor unfunny, or just don't give a shit at all, well, Have A Nice Day!
You tell me, Is cruelty to another still funny? Can there be any connection here in the type of story we decide to send as an email, or the type of story we choose to watch on TV, the type of joke we tell to the men or women at the office......and cruelty in people?