LESSONS OF LIFE

I was raised in the slums of south Bronx in New York City during the Depression. These are the lessons we were taught as poor people lacking any sense of power or connection to those who possessed the power of authority:

1. Never carry a gun. It can go off with terrible results.

2. Never pick a fight with a stranger, one never knows.

3. Always be loyal to those who are your friends.

4. Always repay a favor of kindness.

5. Never pick a fight with someone who can beat the hell out of you.

6. The cops protect those who have power.

7. Trust the Irish political bosses, they are your friends.

8. Republicans simply protect those with wealth.

9. Share what you have with those who lack. One never knows when you will be in that position.

10. Work your butt off whenever you get a job.

11. Vote for Franklin D. Roosevelt, he is your friend.

12. Adore Eleanor Roosevelt, she cares for you because you are poor.

13. Never steal in your neighborhood.

14. When walking in a strange neighborhood, walk gently

15. And, above all, fuck the wealthy!!