“Food for Thought” – The Death of 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,

-by his wife, Discretion,

-by his daughter, Responsibility,

-and by his son,  Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;

– I Know My Rights

– I Want It Now

– Someone Else Is To Blame

– I’m A Victim

– Pay Me For Doing Nothing

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.

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Mike R
9 years ago

We have seen common sense decline along with forgetting to teach our children to stop and think properly with integrity and humility. Have you ever asked your child why they did something and they answer, “I don’t know”? Well, they probably don’t know why. Depending on the child’s age, that may be the opportunity to have them stop and think until they can get back to you with an answer. Then it is an opportunity to train them to think properly.

There are so many good comments to this great article.

9 years ago

I think common sense has banned by the government for being racist

9 years ago

give me a president with common sense over high iq and you will have a thriving country we can all see what a so called brilliant president has given us maybe at election time we should check people for their common sense because we see what being smart or you owe me has gotten us

9 years ago

Love thy neighbor as thyself,do unto others as you would have them do unto you.Common sense that no election or politician these days would dare mention. The upcoming election will change little ,except the faces and rhetoric. We as Americans must as a group as well as individually stand against the corrupt sewer that Washington DC has become.

Glenn Shannon
9 years ago

It seems like the kids back in the 40s and 50s were mostly poor and we had to use our imagination with sticks and games made up in the mind. Cowboys and Indians was a great game although it would be outlawed today with the politically correct. Today kids don’t have to use any brain activity as computers and TV does it all for them. For me I think imagination was what built common sense as can’t think of any other reason there was so much of it in the old days.

9 years ago

Common sense is not politically correct

Marilyn Hubbard
9 years ago

So many of these things are the things I grew up with and it’s sad to see them slip away one by one. I hope he’s not so dead that he can’t be revived. Let’s all pray this election takes care of it.

9 years ago

I have observed that Common Sense is sometimes not related to IQ. Some very smart people I have known do not have much Common Sense while some not so gifted with a high IQ demonstrate a high level of Common Sense .

9 years ago
Reply to  David

David, I know what you mean! My best friend has a very high IQ but not a lick of common sense. She had never voted until she got angry over some things that the last President Bush did. So she registered to vote and voted for Obama. I’m still in shock!

Pat H.
9 years ago

Ahh, common sense is not so common!

9 years ago
Reply to  Pat H.

Yes! One might say, “In today’s world, common sense has become uncommon.”

Gary M.
9 years ago
Reply to  HermanChambers

So we should call it “uncommon sense?”

Vern Sinclair
9 years ago

I hope common sense can be revived at the 2012 election. We really need common sense instead of current leadership.

John A Howard
9 years ago

Read the Death of Common Sense by Philip K Howard

Jerry Sparks
9 years ago

I have been saying this same thing for a few years now, and I,m glad to see someone else feels this way to, but I do not blame the others as you have to have commom sense to understand it.

9 years ago

I agree with Wanda.

Joe O
9 years ago
Reply to  Rita

I’ve been saying for some time now that if there is more than 1 person in the room, chances are that common sense doesn’t exist at some point. The odds of common sense disappearing goes up exponentially with the increase of the number of people in the room. Have faith though, the 1st person to evoke “common sense” wins the argument. Common sense tells you that.

Michael Hudson
9 years ago

Common Sense isn’t—-

Cecilio Mendez
9 years ago

Come November, I think we will hear Mr. Common Sense again. He will quote Mark Twain by saying: “The news about my demise were exaggerated.”

9 years ago

When the “ME” genration started to take over, common sense was treated as old fashioned.

9 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

This was a very interesting exscriee. I touched everything around me (with my eyes closed) with a 3 foot perimeter. The shirt that I’m wearing took on a whole new tactile experience!Thank you for including on the links at the top of the page. That was very helpful for referencing since I didn’t hop on at the beginning of the train!Namaste,Elise

Gary Hallas
9 years ago

The problem now is, everyone has a lawyer. No one defends themselves. See my lawyer….
Lawyers then can make the worst wrong seem right

9 years ago

Excellent article!!! I, personally, am very saddened over the loss of Common Sense but am going to continue to practice his lessons to the best of my ability so that he will be brought back to life as others do the same.

Let’s do it America!

9 years ago

True, but Why?
A great deal of common sense is learned by children in their younger years. When I was growing up most children had two parents and the mothers stayed at home to nurture her family. My parents taught me patience, perseverance, honesty, bravery, respect for others, goal setting and a pride in achievement.
I was a “stay at home mom” my children were not the first to have the electronic games and they never had hundred dollar shoes. But, today they are all employed, have families of their own, and they are the kind of individuals anyone would be proud to call their own. (Yes the mom’s stay at home)
I believe that the loss of common sense and civility in our society is tied to the breakdown of the family unit. When society learns that children NEED a family more than tangible items we will become a strong, health society where virtues will flourish once again.

9 years ago
Reply to  Wanda

Excellent, Wanda! I totally agree!!

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