Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, by the
name of Common Sense. Common Sense lived a long life
but died recently in the United States. No one really
knows how old he was, since his birth records were
long ago lost 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
virus. In recent decades his waning strength proved
no match for the ravages of well intentioned but
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.
Finally, 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.
Finally, when people, too stupid to realize that a
steaming cup of coffee was hot, were 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, and stepladders.
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
that Common Sense was gone...
Jun 12, '03
LOL LOL LOL....cute, funny and very true. thanks, betts
Jun 12, '03
Oh so true.This was posted in another thread recently.I had lost my copy and someone else posted it as a reply to my post weather this was it.Makes sence doesn't it?