The Death of Common Sense

  1. I just received this in an email and thought I would share it.

    The Death of Common Sense

    Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, Common Sense. Common Sense lived a long life, but died in the United States from heart failure early in the new millennium. No one really knows how old he was, since his birth records were lost long ago in bureaucratic red tape.

    He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals, homes, and factories, helping folks get jobs done without fanfare and foolishness. For decades, petty rules, silly laws, and frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense

    He was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, and that life isn't always fair.

    Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adults are in charge, not the kids), and it's okay to come in second.

    A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, and the Technological Revolution, Common Sense survived cultural and educational trends including body piercing, whole language, and "new math." But his health declined when he became infected with the "if-it-only-helps-one-person-it's-worth-it" virus.

    In recent decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of well intentioned but overbearing regulations. He watched in pain as good people became ruled by self-seeking lawyers. His health rapidly deteriorated when schools endlessly implemented zero tolerance policies. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, a teen suspended for taking a swig of mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition.

    It declined even further when schools had to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student but could not inform the parent when a female student was pregnant or wanted an abortion.

    Common Sense lost his will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, criminals received better treatment than victims, and federal judges stuck their noses in everything from the Boy Scouts to professional sports.

    When an individual, too stupid to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, she was awarded a huge settlement, Common Sense threw in the towel. As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding questionable regulations such as those for low flow toilets, rocking chairs, stepladders and auto emissions.

    Common Sense finally succumbed when, while the United States was fighting a war on terrorism, a federal judge declared the Pledge of Allegiance to be unconstitutional.

    Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by two step-siblings: My Rights, and Ima Whiner. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   hapeewendy
    LOVE IT!

    brilliant ,yet sad at the same time
    funny but sad , prolly cuz there is so much truth in it
  4. by   rncountry
    I liked this very much, I have a few people I will be emailing this to.
  5. by   jnette
    Excellent !!! Thanx for sharing.
  6. by   Mimi Wheeze
    Good post, RN-PA.

    Kinda depressing, though. Wonder if we'll ever see those days again?
  7. by   RN-PA
    Thanks to all for your comments and glad you enjoyed it!

    My answer to Mimi Wheeze's comment, "Kinda depressing, though. Wonder if we'll ever see those days again?" is a sad but realistic, "No, unfortunately, I think those days are over." All we can do is individually live our own lives with as much common sense as possible, and try to affect and influence others to do the same.
  8. by   RNonsense
    That is really, really good! I'm sending it to a few friends...
  9. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Thanks for sharing this, I have copied it and e-mailed it.:kiss
  10. by   passing thru
    It is a great post. I disagree that those days are over. Those rights were taken away from us because we did not protest.
  11. by   Mimi Wheeze
    Well said, RN-PA.
  12. by   Momto3RN
    Couldn't have said it better myself!!
  13. by   Q.
    I've emailed it to a few friends, thanks RN-PA.
  14. by   rn2bnot
    Thank you for sharing this. It makes one think! Also, glad to see I'm not the only Chuck Swindoll fan!