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The Death of a Valuable Social Asset — Common Sense

The London Times

The London Times (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The following article has a powerful message, which is why I am eager to share it with my readers. However, the only thing I know about the article’s origination is that it is an obituary (of sorts) that was originally printed in the London Times.  Let these words sink in:

“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 realized he was gone.
If you still remember him, pass this on.
If not, join the majority and do nothing. ”

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  1. May 11, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Hi, Emma here. I’ve been looking for the actual source of this essay for some time. Most recently I discovered one very similar from 1998 by Lori Borgman (www.loriborgman.com). Most comments I find indicate that the one we’ve been attributing to The London Times is actually a version similar to Ms. Borgman’s with more “Americanized” examples cited. Also, commenters across the internet have said they remember reading it originally in the 1970s. So the origin remains a mystery. Good piece, though.

    • May 11, 2012 at 2:42 am

      Emma, thanks for the information. It’s amazing how great little nuggets like this can be so hidden in anonymity, especially in our computer mediated age. Thanks for your comments. Keep in touch.

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