The Demise of Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend by 
the name of 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 
value lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, 
why the early bird gets the worm and that life isn't 
always fair.  Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial 
policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable 
parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge).
His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well 
intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. 
Reports of a six-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.
It declined even further when schools were required to get 
parental consent to administer aspirin to a student; but, 
could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant 
and wanted to have an abortion.
Finally, Common sense lost the will to live as churches
became businesses; and criminals received better treatment 
than their victims.  Common Sense finally gave up the ghost 
after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of 
coffee was hot, she spilled a bit in her lap, and was
awarded a huge settlement
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 two stepbrothers;  My Rights and Ima 
Whiner. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized 
he was gone.  
If you still know him pass this on, if not join the majority 
and do nothing.

The original source of this essay is unknown.

Copyright applies to page design only, not to essay.