You’ve heard that old saying, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except birth, death, and taxes.” I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said that, but I’m not 100% positive. So I’m going to Google it to be sure. Be right back.
Okay, I’m back. Turns out I was right about who said it, but wrong about what he said. What Ben actually said was, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.”
I misremembered what Franklin said. The word “birth” was not in his quote. He only said “death” and “taxes.”
Well, that really screws up my response to this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, which was to write a post using the word “birth.”
But wait. Leaving out “birth” doesn’t make any sense to me. You can’t pay taxes or die if you were never born, right? You need to exist in order to pay taxes. You need to exist in order to cease to exist. Hence, you need to have been born in order to deal with the certainties of death and taxes. You get my point, right?
Oh well. He’s Ben Franklin. He’s one of our Founding Fathers. So even though he missed “birth” as one of life’s certainties, I suppose we need to give him a wide berth.
Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. We are supposed to write a prompt using the words “birth” and/or “berth.”