As most of you know, I enjoy talking about practical and useful information in these Tips each week. A while ago I came across an article that really zeroed in on what these Tips are all about – namely, common sense. I can still remember hearing my father say, “Common sense is not very common!” That thought seems to be more true every day of my life.
When I read the following article, I couldn’t help but think of how many situations in our culture actually hurt us, rather than help us. In other words, we are not better off; we are worse off for not using common sense!
The saying is true, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” And, many times, we just don’t know how to use practical, helpful information because no one has taught us. It is sometimes painful to say, “I don’t know!” But, it is extremely helpful to be able to do so!
When I listen to the news or read articles in the paper, I am often amazed at how many of those situations could have been avoided by just using a little common sense. It seems as though we do not wake up to the realities of life until they slap us in the face.
Anyway – having said all of that, I hope you enjoy the following article as much as I did. It really sums it all up!
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.
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 four step-brothers;
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.
I hope that article touches you like it touched me. Thoughts like these take me to a whole new level in my way of seeing life! Personal responsibility is still the way to go, even if it is a little harder to follow! Please join me as we continue on a daily basis to revive, resuscitate or even resurrect common sense! We will all be better off for it!
Tip: Common Sense has finally died!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm
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