Friday, February 7, 2014

Common Sense

My To Do list is long today, so in lieu of a real post, I give you the following.  I don't know where it originated.  If it is yours, let me know and I will give credit where credit is due.  It pretty much sums up my feelings on the subject of Common Sense, and the lack thereof.

"An 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.

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 5 stepbrothers;
- I Know My Rights
- I Want It Now
-Someone Else Is To Blame
- I'm A Victim
- Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone."

I don't suppose there is any way to resurrect Common Sense from the dead.  We surely could use him now.


  1. Wow! If that doesn't just hit the nail right on the head I don't know what does! I wish I could post it on the front page above the fold in our local paper.

  2. Navy91.....Yeah, I thought it was spot on. Seems the quest for political correctness has resulted in gross stupidity instead. I tried to find the author of this piece, but couldn't find anything verifiable. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Bravo Ms. Vicki. One of the best posts I have seen in a long time.

  4. Thanks, Rob. I think the one that pushed me over the edge was the little boy being chastised for kissing a little girl in school. For God's sake. That's what little boys do - they are obnoxious (at least mine were) and they kiss little girls. What's the problem?! At 6 years old, the kid shouldn't even know what sexual harassment is, much less be accused of it. I will climb of my soapbox now. Gotta get back to my To Do list!

  5. Stephen...It sort of goes along with the statement - You can't fix stupid. Neither can you give people common sense. Ya either got it or ya ain't!

  6. I saw Common Sense the other day. He was playing guitar, with an empty can, on the corner.

    He winked as I passed. He knows I know he's waiting for the right moment.

  7. Can't be too soon! That's funny, Jess.

  8. Tis a sad commentary! Common Sense is sorely missed!

    Great post!


  9. CottonLady...I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the stupidity of it all, especially when so much of it comes from those who are supposed to be educated adults. Kind of scares me!