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Old 12 May 2009, 15:59   #1
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Common Sense - An Obituary

Subject: Obituary printed in the London Times

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 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 and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the 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 could 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, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 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.

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Old 12 May 2009, 16:18   #2
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Very apt Nasher!!!
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Preaching to the converted here Nash,but welcome all the same!!Nice one.
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Sad but true

Nice one Nasher, couldn't put it any better myself.

I have a 4 yr old and sometimes dread what the future holds.

They only way I see to combat this sad state of affairs is to maintain your own standards, resist the commercial onslaught, and wait for the second coming of common sense. I believe there are many of out here who feel the same and that some day a return to honest values based on personal responsibility and honour will return. Until then keep the faith and invest our efforts in our kids, they are after all the future and what it's all about.


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Yes, received it by email this morning and thought I'd share it.

It made me chuckle for 30 seconds, until I realised quite how true it really is.

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Written by someone named Roger Cale, I think. ca 2004

True enough sentiment.


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