Purportedly found on a slip of paper inserted between leaves of Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz, a used book priced at three dollars in a Housing Works thrift store in Manhattan.
Take note. Read carefully.
1. take care of YOURSELF and your kin
2. watch your back
3. don’t get involved
4. watch out for desperate types in dire straits; they at the least want something from you and may want to rob you
5. avoid undesirables; they’re trouble
6. no good can come out of helping the unfortunate; there’s only a potential downside
— “transcribed” out of thin air by Roger W. Smith, perennial bargain book hunter and would be do gooder; New York, NY, December 2017