The Passing of A Friend

  1. 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
    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.

    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...
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   nowplayingEDRN
    LOL LOL LOL....cute, funny and very true. thanks, betts
  4. by   H ynnoD
    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?