Almost every one of us has heard the expression “going the second mile”. You almost…
Recently someone handed me a copy of an article that was printed in the London Times. As I read it, I could not help but feel deeply amazed inside at the accuracy and truth that was in the article. Although the information was fictitious in nature, it certainly drives home a very important point. I thought you would like to have a copy of this to help remind you of the value of good common sense.
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 their 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.
Again, after I read the article, I could not help but feel a deep sense of gratitude for the common sense that has been passed to me, not only by my parents and teachers, but friends and co-workers as well. Perhaps we should all reconsider the value of using good common sense on an every day basis and make sure that it stays an important part of our life. I choose to keep it alive in me and not let it die. I am sure you feel the same way.
Tip: Common Sense has finally died!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm