Tuesday, June 7, 2022


From the Bytes vault in 2015 . . .

The below item was emailed to me a week or so ago by a friend and it touched of a discussion as to whether one of the observations made was valid.  More of that at the end.

An obituary to common sense

An Obituary printed in the London Times:

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 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,
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 realised he was gone.

Some comments . . . 

As I said, this was sent to me again by a friend.  It touched off a discussion as to the elderly woman who was burnt when hot coffee spilt on her lap and she was awarded damages by a court.  It is used to portray how far things have become removed from commonsense.

Not so.

Here are some links to articles about how the woman was unfairly treated, how the water was superheated, her proper entitlement to damages and how it is far removed from lack of commonsense . . .


The obit was written by Lori Borgman in 1998 and has been revised and modified a number of times since then.

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