Thursday, January 5, 2006

Comman Sense

The Sad Passing of 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 earn) and
reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children,
are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well
intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual
harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouth wash 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 they themselves failed to
do in disciplining their unruly children

It declined even further when schools were required
to get parental consent to administer Panadol, sun
lotion or a sticky plaster to a student; but, could
not inform the parents when a student became
pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten
Commandments became contraband; 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 can 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; his wife, Discretion; his daughter,
Responsibility; and his son, Reason.  He is survived
by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone
Else is to Blame, and I'm A Victim.

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.


  1. Celeste I really enjoyed this and how true it is today....and I am going to forward it on - thanks for sharing it....Ally

  2. yes seems CS is not COMMON any more

  3. This reminds me of my entry last year.

  4. This is so true Celeste, sadly it`s a sign of our times.  When did it all go so badly wrong?

    Sandra xxxx

  5. Each time I see this I nod my head and think, 'yeah, this is so sad'.  I look at all the people I know and some are so smart -- and common sense dumb.  Makes you wonder!

  6. First time I've seen that!  I'll pass it on!

  7. Love this entry!   Sad that it is true.  -  Barbara


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