The Death of Mr Common Sense

23 Jul

Received the following in an email today. It got me thinking about a debate I was recently having about whether the world is getting better or worse? It seems pretty clear where this person stands. I’m not so sure but I thought it was an interesting piece.

My parents told me about Mr. Common Sense early in my life and told me I
would do well to call on him when making decisions. It seems he was always
around in my early years but less and less as time passed until today I
read his obituary.

Obituary – 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
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 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 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 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.
Author unknown


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