Friday, February 20, 2009

Common Sense

An Interesting Obituary
I can’t take credit for the following, but I think you will find it interesting, and, sadly, rather true.

tombstone-clipartToday, 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
    (willing to accept responsibility).

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.  His wife, Discretion.  His daughter, Responsibility. 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. 

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
The human mind is an amazing thing. It begins working and controlling our body even before we are born and does all sorts of things throughout life... only to stop functioning the minute we get up to speak.

Quote of the Day
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
— Thomas A. Edison

Joke of the Day

All his life he dreamed about building his own house. However, when he was young he didn't have the money and for the rest of his working life, he couldn't spare the time. Now at 85 its a little late to start building.

Therefore, when he noticed a lot in the neighborhood being excavated for a house, he thought that he should take a closer look.

When he got to the lot there was a young man working all alone laying out the foundation. He asked him if he could watch?

The young man answered that he didn't mind, but its going to take some time, for he planned to do most of the work himself.

"That's all right, because I don't watch as fast as I used to."

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