Common sense (RIP)
Political correctness has a lot to answer for!
Common Sense (an obituary)
My parents told me about common sense early in my life and explained that I would do well to call on him whenever I was to make a decision. It seemed he was always around in my early years but less and less as time went by.
A few days ago however, as I sat reading my newspaper I came across the most astonishing thing concerning this old friend of mine, it was his obituary, and this is how it read.
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 just how old he was as his birth records has previously been lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as ‘knowing when to come out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn’t fair and maybe it was my fault’.
Common sense lived by simple but sound financial policies like ‘don’t spend more than you earn’ and reliable parenting strategies such as ‘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 six-year-old boy charged with 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 they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Aspirin, Sun lotion or a sticky plaster, 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 against a burglar in your own home and the burglar could then 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 and, after burning herself, was promptly offered a huge settlement out of court by the coffee company for not explaining this on the side of the box.
Common sense was preceded in death by his parents ‘Truth and Trust’, his wife ‘Discretion’, his daughter ‘Responsibility’ and his son ‘Reason’.
His three stepbrothers ‘I know my rights', 'someone else is to blame' and 'I’m the victim’ survive him.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this story on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.