Sunday, June 14, 2009

Obit + Breaking News



AN OBITUARY PRINTED IN THE LONDON TIMES.
Interesting and, sadly, true.

'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 mouth wash after lunch; and
· a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student,

only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost further 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 realise 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 realised he was gone.'


BREAKING NEWS ... BREAKING NEWS ... BREAKING NEWS ...

today is Tall Karen's (AHA Moments) 5th sobriety birthday. Drop by and wish her well!!

10 comments:

Carol said...

Wonderful stuff, looks like you follow some blogs that are new to me. Abundance, I'm surrounded by it!

Scott W said...

I thought something was missing.

Steve E. said...

Old saying...but true: "Common sense is not 'common'".

Thanks for tip on Karen's 5th Sober Anniversary. I was just there, but did not know that.

Findon said...

What about " If you sit in a barbers chair ( or in a pub ) you'll eventuallyget your hair cut ( or pick up a drink )". All you said is true and our society is much the worse for it.

Mary Christine said...

Morning Dave.

Tall Karen said...

Thank you dAAve! This post was so kind of you and thanks for showing me how to be a kind and considerate blogger. I'm going to 2meetings today to take my chip (coin). I love AA and the amazing people who continue to keep coming back, so I can keep learning and growing. God Bless YOU!!!

Big AA Birthday hug to you,
{{TK}}

Scott W said...

Have I been here today? I swear I came by earlier, but there is no evidence of such...so far.

garden-variety drunk said...

I think those 4 stepbrothers dropped by for a visit yesterday. Thankfully they've moved on :)

Scott W said...

Oh, there I am. Guess this really is a day of double and triple dipping! ;-)

Syd said...

Not only has common sense gone, but I think that no sense has taken its place.