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The sad passing of Common Sense

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Have you seen this? I know Omleteers will agree with many of the sentiments in this obituary.


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 earn) and reliable parenting 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 six-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 they themselves 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 a sticky plaster to a

student but could not inform the 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 a

burglar in your own home and the burglar can 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 three stepbrothers:

I Know My Rights,

Someone Else is to Blame,

I'm A Victim.


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

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