An Obituary from the Sunday Times

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 catches 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 5 stepbrothers:

I Know My Rights

I Want It Now

Someone Else Is To Blame

I’m A Victim

Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing…

One thought on “An Obituary from the Sunday Times

  1. You have written a wonderful summary of sorrow around the world.
    ” If you still remember him, pass this on”
    Well even if many do, nothing will happen and this is the new common sense.
    Common Sense didnt died out of itself, it was killed . It was killed by the money, by the greed to sell things in distant lands.
    Common Sense was and is never an independent or individual character that rests upon an individual to express. Common sense is borne out of common environment, of common relatedness , of common values, of common interests , of common history among many commons.
    And when you have times where unrelated groups of people have been forced to perceive COMMON for the forced concepts and its indoctrination day in day out, 24* 7 with Society, Nation, Global consciousness and the tools to manage such diverge groups with next set of concepts such as Equality, Brotherhood, Citizen, Good for the common cause, Democracry, Universal rights and duties among many of the mambo jumbo which different groups dont share in common.
    So the agency which manage the creation of markets , in trying to create vast markets for companies that doesnt belong to that particular lands have to keep coming with the new ” Common Sense ” to convince the people that its good for them.
    So we live in times where Common Sense is dictated , forced upon the unrelated groups on a common basis. No wonder the original Common Sense will be lost as you explained so beautifully .

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