The Obituary of Common Sense...

Published by: Jackie H on 22nd Nov 2017 | View all blogs by Jackie H

You maybe already familiar with this but if not, this represents a view often taken by British people when looking at the society that they have helped create. It may also apply in other countries. Let us know.

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 realise 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:

  1. I Know My Rights
  2. I Want It Now
  3. Someone Else Is To Blame
  4. I'm A Victim

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

 

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Comments

6 Comments

  • Bill W
    by Bill W 25 days ago
    I like to think that Common Sense still lives in me and he is made very welcome too, but there are now many in this World of ours that have cast him aside.
    Today we are told that 'driverless cars' on our roads will be the norm, but will these 'robots' be able to anticipate a child or animal running out into the road? I'm not convinced that they will, however, Mr Common Sense has helped me over the years by giving me an ability to 'just know' if a child or animal is about to run out in front of my vehicle.

    I agree with all the wording in your blog Jackie, thank you.
  • Jackie H
    by Jackie H 25 days ago
    They say electric cars are quiet, where the blind or hard of hearing might not see nor hear them approaching, also cause problems for their guide dogs who have to tell them - lead them, as to when it is safe to cross the road...
  • LJ E
    by LJ E 25 days ago
    I have always said, just as my dear mum did, "You can have all the O Levels, A Levels (or whatever they term them now), any number of degrees or bits of paper that say you've passed this or that exam, but if you don't have plain old 'Common Sense' you are not as clever as you think you are.

    As for driverless cars......There are a lot of cars already on our roads that may just as well not have a driver.
    Too many idiots who think they can drive but clearly can't.
    Too many idiots that think they will be able to stop (in time) and not to plough into whatever appears in front of them.
    Too many idiots who think the one extra drink won't make a difference in their ability to react swiftly to road situations.
    Too many idiots who drive too fast.
    Too many idiots who think they are better drivers than everyone else on the road
    Too many idiots who carry on driving despite age related conditions.....deteriorating eyesight to name but one.
    I could go on.......

    It's not completely safe to cross roads now, even on crossings or designated 'crossing areas'.
    It will be many many years before driverless cars become the norm and by that time I will be long gone....where I'm not sure!
  • Jackie H
    by Jackie H 25 days ago
    Also include those on the list, those who drive after taking medications ( those that cause drowsiness ) and drug users - takers...those that are high on drugs are just as a dangerous and a menace to innocent road users....
  • Mike S
    by Mike S 25 days ago
    Well blame all the "Do Gooders" for most of it, and some of the silly health and safety rules
  • josee  a
    by josee a 20 days ago
    I think common sense has been the main cause of my survival to date. Thanks for the blog Jackie.
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