10 February 2009

I received this email today...

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


Gattina said...

Geez I didn't get it first, lol ! I really thought somebody had died with the name Common Sense ! I have to admit it is early morning.
It is so true !!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I do miss Common Sense!

Andrée said...

HI Robyn. How true is this! I live with this every day and I try and try to be professional and model responsibility and it's all for naught. So sad.

Gledwood said...

I've never met Common Sense... will you please introduce me next time you come across her?...

(now why did I say HER??!?? ;->...)

Hootin' Anni said...

I love this....

It's so perfect for today's times, don't you think?

...and we must all mourn.

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Hello...you must be far away from the fires..am i correct? I think you also read Lee-Ann's blog..I need to go see how she is..We hear here in the US that the fires have killed a lot of people..that is so so sad..let me know how close you are to them..

PEA said...

Yup, Common Sense has certainly flown the coop and hasn't been seen around in a long while. Sigh. Loved this:-) xoxo

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Robyn. I know a few people who could do with reading this including my sister (where her children are concerned).