I want to share this with you, sent to me by a friend. I think it speaks for a lot of us.
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 records have long been lost in bureaucratic red-tape.
He is credited with cultivating such abilities as taking the bitter with the sweet, recognising that life is not always fair and that maybe it was my fault after all.
Common sense developed some sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn, don’t borrow more than you can repay) and also reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
Common Sense’s health declined in the 1960’s when he became infected with the If-It-Feels-Good-Do-It virus. His health further deteriorated when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun-lotion or Elastoplast to a student, but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and asked for an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live when the Ten Commandments could not be publicly displayed for fear of giving offence; churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you could not defend yourself in your own home but the burglar could sue for assault. He finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled some in her lap while driving and was awarded massive damages.
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 four step-brothers: I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame and I’m A Victim.
Farewell, Common Sense, may you rest in peace.