Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

- Why the early bird gets the worm;

- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

-I Know My Rights
-I Want It Now
-Someone Else Is To Blame and
-I'm A Victim


Pat Jenkins said...

too good. but by the tone of your "obituary" it sounds like common sense hasn't died, it never was alive!

Karen said...

For a fleeting moment my dear, just a fleeting moment.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is great and sadly true.
I say at least one time daily: "what the heck is wrong with people?"
They have NO common sense. :)

Grandma J said...

I think Common Sense is alive and on vacation in Las Vegas or Bora Bora.

Your post is something that we need to be reminded of often.

Annie Duke rocks

Lutra said...

Very good post!

So true...

I heard from a case: A woman was buying in a big store, when she suddenly steps without looking with a kid that was playing on the ground. She fell of and injured her leg. She wins the case against the store, for letting kids play tere, and received money.
The funny thing, is that the kid was her son.
I read it, really.

I cry every day the dead of common sense...

namaste said...

i like grandma j's suggestion about common sense being on vacay.


Lutra said...

I saw this time ago about common sense... it is very good

Just copy and paste the link to a new window.


Cassie said...

Yup, I'm with you. It's been hard seeing the passing of Common Sense. I'm afraid my generation was mostly to blame too. I heard he also had another survivor, his step sister, Entitlement. She's quite active now.
I guess one of the final blows to poor old Common Sense was the election of a man by a bunch of ill informed day dreamers who prefer celebrity over substance. RIP Hopefully he'll rise again!