The Death of Common Sense
The Death of Common Sense
During the Christmas break I was reading through some blogs and I came across some ramblings of a fellow Grumpy Old Man, Derek Green, and an article about the death of common sense. As an advocate of fighting political correctness at every turn, Derek’s ”Common sense dies” article struck a chord with me. I don’t know if The Death of Common Sense is Derek’s original work, or whether he adapted it, but he gave me permission to reprint the article in my blog, as I found it both amusing and well-written:
Common Sense Dies
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 common sense was, since the birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
Common sense will be remembered as having cultivated valuable lessons such as knowing when to come out of the rain, why the early bird catches the worm, that life isn’t always fair and that just maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults not children are in charge).
Common Sense’s health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place….Reports of a six year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing his 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 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 panadol, sun lotion or sticky plasters 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 Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from an intruder in your own home and the burglar got the right to sue you for assault.
Then smoking was banned in public places, but not one person worldwide could “definitely” be named who has ever died or been harmed by passive smoke. Why, because passive smoke is totally harmless and in the old days they had smoking rooms, so why not now? Sorry I forgot, common sense has of course died.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman working in her office failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled some in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust. His Wife; Discretion; His daughter; Responsibility; His Son Reason….
He is survived by three stepbrothers, I Know My Rights; Someone Else Is To Blame and I Am A Victim….
Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority of the idiots and do nothing!