President of the Organization: (Claps his hands once in front of him in a business-like manner.) Okay, guys, we’re a non-profit organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children. And we have this billboard to advertize what we do. Now, we are a Christian organization, so obvi we’re going to have a Bible quote on there. But not everyone believes in the Bible–
Everyone else in the room: WHAT???
President: I know! It’s crazy, but it’s true. Trust me. Anyway, I’m thinking we should have a second quote on there, just to cover all our bases. Something about how we believe that children are our future. We should teach them well and let them lead the way. Something like that. Anyone got any ideas?
Silence. They don’t read very much, not even non-fiction, and can’t think of any good phrases about children! Then, after a moment, the “young, cool” one pipes up.
YC One: Why don’t we Google it?
It takes four minutes to explain what Googling is, and the Young, Cool One doesn’t even really get it right, but oh well, everyone is on-board. Easier than thinking, amirite?¯\_(ツ)_/¯
YC One: (He starts typing.) Let’s Google “children” and “future”.
Stick-In-The-Mud: Why don’t we search for “youth” and “future”? We work with older children as well. We wouldn’t want it to seem like we stop caring at 10 years old or, like, as soon as they leave the womb.
Everyone laughs and then quickly stops because sometimes it seems like they do!
YC One: Okay. One of the results for “youth” and “future” is, “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” Not bad!
Everyone: Yes, that does not sound terrifying or ominous at all!
President: Now, we wouldn’t want to get in trouble by quoting someone terrible. Who said it?
YC One: Someone called Alf Hight-ler?
Everyone: Never heard of him. We never read books and are oblivious to history.
YC One: Let me Google his stance on children and make sure he’s not, like, a pedo or something. Let me Google “Hitler” and “youth.” (Types.) So, it looks like he founded the Boy Scouts! And the Pope was in it, but we won’t hold that against this Hight-ler fellow.
Everyone laughs, and then the nerdy one (they are all nerds) points at the screen.
Nerdy One: Ooh, and there was a movie about it starring Batman! He can’t be bad!
President: Sounds good! PRINT IT!!!!!
(Photo via the Ledger-Enquirer)