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Warning: Obituary of Common Sense

Why would I choose to write about something like common sense?  “Common sense” might suggest delving into the phrase to be a mundane and boring sort of topic.

Maybe so… but think about it for a moment.

The phrase is generally defined as exercising good judgment in practical matters.  It may have been that very definition that drove Thomas Paine to express his opinions about the topic in his pamphlet simply titled:  Common Sense.

His focus at the time (the winter of 1776) of publishing Common Sense was a practical matter.  He argued for independence for the United States from the British government and monarchy.  A very practical matter indeed!

But, the practical use of common sense goes way beyond just political issues.  If you really think about it common sense should penetrate every aspect of living your life.

The truth in that statement might best be illustrated through the following thoughts expressed in a favorite website of mine:  www.lifeanswersback.com

The thoughts are reproduced here with permission.

Obituary of Common Sense

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.

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 remember him, pass this on.

What are your opinions on the demise of common sense?   Does the above obituary hit the mark, in your opinion?

 

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