The Death of Common Sense
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many centuries. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
Common Sense will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
1. Knowing when to come in out of the rain
2. The early bird gets the worm
3. Life isn’t fair
4. It was my fault
5. Everything has consequences
6. You should think before you speak
7. Character matters
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, but the burglar could sue you for assault. His condition worsened after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, and she spilled it in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common sense finally gave up the will to live when he witnessed the citizens of the United States voting during the recent election. As he witnessed them making up their mind about who should run the country by such warped reasoning as: the color of someone’s skin, the sex of the candidates, the party which the candidates were affiliated with, and finally, just plain wanting to be “part of history.” Common Sense was heard to mumble, with his life breath,
“Sense has ever been centered in the few…Votes should be weighed, not counted…The State must sooner or later be wrecked where the majority rules and ignorance decides…Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents Truth and Honor , by his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his sons Reason and Integrity. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers: I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I’m A Victim.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone, and fewer less cared. It is reported that the funeral was attended by several warriors, and that even today, those warriors still communicate with the spirit of Common Sense and hearken to his teachings…