Farewell to a beloved old friend

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
  • – maybe it was my fault

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (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 6-year-old boy charged with sexual 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 that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student – but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant.

Common Sense lost the will to live as churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when a burglar could sue you for assaulting him in your own home.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his four stepbrothers:

  • I Know My Rights
  • I Want It Now
  • Someone Else Is To Blame
  • 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.

 Obituary via The Times, London

8 thoughts on “Farewell to a beloved old friend

  1. This is so sad yet so true. The stupidity of regulations which actually prevent people doing what is right is undermining society. Maybe things have to get really bad before a brand new idea will come along … common sense

  2. Obituary by old trusted friend: .. Good bye dear old friend, I had lost you before you died. Therefore I don’t miss you much. Can’t help it. With you around survival had become difficult.

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