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Common Sense - London Times Obituary

Updated on April 24, 2009

This was sent to me by a friend who knew Common Sense, I feel compelled to share:

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; accidents may happen; If it ain't broken, don't fix it; 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 but 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 on 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 daughters, Responsibility and Integrity 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 realized he was gone.If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.


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      Billy 23 months ago

      Amen to the loss of Common Sense. We sure do miss him.

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      Sunil Bajpai 3 years ago

      Without 'COMMON-SENSE' - all human virtues shall perish..!

      Absolutely brilliant piece of writing..!!

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      Petar Smiljanic 5 years ago

      Dear Kassie,

      Please accept my sincerest condolences.

      My cousin had the same name, but he passed away long time ago. Maybe this climate is worse than in UK.

      Any way, I will pronounce you for my first idol, because of your respect of your cousin.

      Kind regards,

      Petar Smiljanic

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      Adeline Smith 5 years ago

      Of which ,"The World As We See It Today Has Buried Common Sense"!

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      seen 5 years ago

      Common sense would have to be a 'she'

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      Patti Baker 6 years ago

      The Article was re-phrased in 1998 from a piece written by Jeff Baker in San Diego, Ca.

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      Better Yet 8 years ago

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      Anonymous 8 years ago

      This article was written by Lori Bergman and first published in the Indianpolis Star on March 15th, 1998.