Recognising a Sad Passing

Following my recent rant post about Political Correctness I thought I would post this obituary notice that I received this morning.  It has been roaming around the internet for some time, and I have received it at other times, but it really is in the same vein as my earlier post and seems to follow it naturally.

‘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 Elastoplast 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 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; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and 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.’

You know what I encourage you to do.  And here is that rainbow again to cheer you along in the face of all that has changed with the passing of Mr Common Sense.


My rainbow



21 responses to “Recognising a Sad Passing

  1. Oh dear. Common sense is dead. Her sister, common decency can’t be far behind.


  2. Brilliant, Judith 🙂


  3. Love it because it makes perfect sense. Thanks so much for sharing Judith.


  4. The death of common sense was the cause of too many mommy groups complaining and demanding that little Joey live in a society where EVERYONE must learn to love and cherish (the “bubble”). Discipline isn’t even in their vocabulary. They’re the type the have their houses sanitized on a daily basis because bad germs might cause a runny nose and they can’t have that because it uses tissues which means using trees and it harms the environment. They have stock in “Purell”, don’t believe in competition sports (hence the death of “Dodge Ball” and cheerleading tryouts-EVERYONE makes it now), never a child utter a bad word towards another (that’s bullying-but on a play ground level I see no problem-I survived as did the rest of my classmates-it builds character), and omg should I go on? Too many people making too many problems because something isn’t right in their little world that should be peace love and lollipops and they’re going to start a campaign to make sure they’re heard and things change. It’s scary that some of these mommy groups and others have more clout than the President.
    Geez, don’t get me started. Sorry Judith, but you hit a nerve.


  5. You have said it all Elizabeth. Common sense out of the window, foolishness and nonsense in. 🙂


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  7. I have read this before, but it was good to read it again. At least we’re not alone in remembering how it used to be.


  8. I’ve seen this before . . . and chuckled all over again. Thanks, Judith.


  9. I agree! The sense of entitlement these kids are being taught amazes me.



  10. Fantastic Judith! Some real quality ranting here! I’m wondering when it happened that offending someone became the worst thing you could do to someone. In some parts of the world people use being offended as a justification for rioting, setting things on fire and even killing people. Whatever happened to the mantra I was brought up with “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” – or “what they think of you is none of your business”? Personally I think over-sensitive people should be offended on a regular basis so they grow a thicker skin lol!!


    • I really like “what they think of you is none of your business”. And I agree that over sensitive people deserve to be offended and then perhaps their skins will thicken and they wont be offended so often.
      Thanks for the comment. 🙂


  11. This was great! And sad.


  12. I love Common Sense. He is missed greatly. I’m hoping for his rebirth soon. I’m keeping the faith! (smile)


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