The Death of Common Sense

Occasionally you get a really nice forwarded email that you can’t help but share with the world.

Edit (2009-01-16): The original author,  Lori Borgman, of this piece has commented with a link to the entire piece.

Below is the obituary for 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.

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; 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.

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7 Responses to The Death of Common Sense

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  2. Lori Borgman says:

    The original piece by can be found in its entirety at the following sitehttp://loriborgman.blogspot.com/2005/07/death-o…It gets pirated a lot. It's probably sent to me four or five times a year attributed to Anonymous and I'm the one who wrote it.: ) I'd appreciate any correction you could make. Thanks!!!

    • Michael Koby says:

      I have edited to post to note that you have commented and I have linked to
      the original article you’ve linked to in your comment as well as your blogs
      main page. I left my original post intact as I like to keep my posts the
      way they are once they are posted.

      If this is not satisfactory, please let me know 🙂 BTW, this is such a
      great piece, my father forwarded to me via email originally and it just
      screamed to be re-posted.

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