Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Obituary of the late Mr. Common Sense

Got this today in an email and just had to pass it on. The saddest part is how true it is....

OBITUARY OF THE LATE MR. 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 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 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 Tylenol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant. 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 it became punishable for you to defend yourself from a burglar in your own home but the burglar could sue you for assault. He began to lose ground 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 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 his 3 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...

9 comments:

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

I work with Common Sense's 3 stepbrothers (yeah, it's a union shop). So sad to see him die. I wonder if anyone will miss him?

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Great post - sad but true.

molly said...

Loved that....sadly so true too!

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Marie said...

Ah, that's what happened to him--I just thought he went missing--that way he could always make a reappearance somewhere. Too bad it's more permanent now... :)

Cath said...

Amen brother! It would be funny if it wasn't so true! By the way, he died eons ago in Canada.

Anonymous said...

So sad. You know...Miracles still happen, but I'm not sure if he'll ever be resurrected. Gen--IL Homesteader

Anonymous said...

Good post, but just for the record...this comes from Snopes.com

Some celebrated "outrageous" suits wherein judgment went for the plaintiff prove upon closer examination to be far less "outrageous" than originally presented in the media. For example, the "woman scalded by hot coffee" suit, which at first glance looked like the height of frivolity proved to be a perfectly legitimate action taken against a corporation that knew, thanks to a string of similar scaldings it had quietly been paying off, that its coffee was not just hot, but dangerously hot.

Just FYI stuff.

riverwalker said...

Great post!

RW

The Scavenger said...

Thanks to all for your comments and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I thought it was kinda funny and wanted to share it with you.