London obituary – a must read (Common Sense)

Hat tip Citizen Tom


Subject: London obituary – a must read

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), and when a typist was awarded a larger settlement for a strained wrist whilst doing her work, than our soldiers receive for losing limbs.

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. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Here is the definition.

common sense

— n
1. plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense

— adj
2. inspired by or displaying sound practical sense

I myself prefer wisdom. Unfortunately, wisdom is relatively uncommon. So I suppose I am lucky if I have any common sense. Nonetheless — just like anyone else, I can strive to learn wisdom.

wisdom (ˈwɪzdəm)

— n
1. the ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight
2. accumulated knowledge, erudition, or enlightenment
3. archaic a wise saying or wise sayings or teachings
4. obsolete soundness of mind

Since there are plenty of archaic and wise sayings in the Bible, I understand the Bible is a good place to find wisdom. Beware, however. If you read the Bible, there are some who will think you obsolete.

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