RIP Common Sense

20 Aug

h/t to reader and Twitterer @Kmorefive

An obituary printed in the London Times …

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 realised he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on.

If not, join the majority and do nothing.

One Response to “RIP Common Sense”

  1. Oliver K. Manuel August 20, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    Hold that obituary!

    Professor Will Alexander of South Africa sent these famous quotes with his message today regarding the manipulation of climate science, Al Gore and the UN’s IPCC:

    1. “Study the past, if you would define the future.”
    – – Confucius (550-478 BC)

    2. “It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data.”
    – – Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

    3. “Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never, — in nothing great or small – large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”
    – – Winston Churchill. (1874-1965)

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

    PS – Here’s more details on today’s seemingly puzzling events:

    a.) Deep Roots of Climategate

    Click to access 20110722_Climategate_Roots.pdf

    b.) Harmony from Climategate

    Click to access 20110815_Climategate_Harmony.pdf

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