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The Death of Common Sense

Monday, January 13, 2014

I needed to file these here for reference for when I just need to punch something, LOL! They made me feel better... apparently I'm not alone, and not as crazy as I feel sometimes.

(THANK YOU, Cheryl... and you can bring your soapbox over to my blog any time!)


Common sense is what people in common would agree: that which they “sense” in common as their shared natural understanding. Some use the phrase to refer to’ beliefs’ that in their opinion they consider would in most people’s experience would be sound’ judgment, without dependence upon study or research, but based upon what is believed to be knowledge held by people “in common”.

Common sense is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.” Thus, “common sense” (in this view) equates to the knowledge and experience which most people already have, or which the person using the term believes that they do or should have. The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as, “the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way”.

Are you able to put your head around an understanding of common sense? If you are, do you believe that there has been a trend toward the death of common sense in the general populace?

The Death of Common Sense
By Lori Borgman | Sunday, March 15, 1998

Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense. His obituary reads as follows: Common Sense, aka C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape. Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering.

Rules and regulations and petty, frivolous lawsuits held no power over C.S. A most reliable sage, he was credited with cultivating the ability to know when to come in out of the rain, the discovery that the early bird gets the worm and how to take the bitter with the sweet.

C.S. also developed sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adult is in charge, not the kid) and prudent dietary plans (offset eggs and bacon with a little fiber and orange juice).

A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, the Technological Revolution and the Smoking Crusades, C.S. survived sundry cultural and educational trends including disco, the men's movement, body piercing, whole language and new math. C.S.'s health began declining in the late 1960s when he became infected with the If-It-Feels-Good, Do-It virus.

In the following decades, his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing federal and state rules and regulations and an oppressive tax code. C.S. was sapped of strength and the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, criminals received better treatment than victims and judges stuck their noses in everything from Boy Scouts to professional baseball and golf.

His deterioration accelerated as schools implemented zero-tolerance policies. Reports of 6-year-old boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing classmates, a teen suspended for taking a swig of Scope mouthwash after lunch, girls suspended for possessing Midol and an honor student expelled for having a table knife in her school lunch were more than his heart could endure.

As the end neared, doctors say C.S. drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding regulations on low-flow toilets and mandatory air bags. Finally, upon hearing about a government plan to ban inhalers from 14 million asthmatics due to a trace of a pollutant that may be harmful to the environment, C.S. breathed his last.

Services will be at Whispering Pines Cemetery. C.S. was preceded in death by his wife, Discretion; one daughter, Responsibility; and one son, Reason. He is survived by two step-brothers, Half-Wit and Dim-Wit.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Institute for Rational Thought.

Farewell, Common Sense. May you rest in peace.

The Death of Common Sense
Modified by 'woodward' from the original above

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 are in charge not children).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of an 8 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 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 women 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 4 stepbrothers
I know my rights
I want my rights
I want it now
I’m a victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

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    989 days ago
    Common sense has been replaced by nonsense which makes no sense at all!
    989 days ago
    i miss common sense everyday at work. it is amazing to explain basic information and people that refuse to do simple things then have huge delays or expenses because of it.
    989 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Hmmm.... where have I seen this before!?!
    Have yourself a GREAT day!

    And I like what the previous poster added: maybe one at a time, we can bring COMMON SENSE back to life in our own circles of influence!
    990 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/13/2014 2:37:01 PM
    Common Sense is dead. People don't think for themselves, they believe whatever the media tells them. There's no questioning, no thinking.

    I pray that you and I can bring common sense back to life.
    990 days ago
    Common Sense - here's to your return (PLEASE).
    990 days ago
    well put . not my first reading but have found it very intresting to read again . I have a few of those step sons or step daughters in our family .shame .
    990 days ago
    Wonderful review on the death of C.S. I miss its passing almost every day.
    990 days ago
    Oh, yes - I've read this many times before - and it's just as true now as it was when I first read it!

    D*MN those politicians/"nannies"/*LAWYERS*/*RE
    LIGIOUS EXTREMISTS*, etc., - you know the kind.......anyone who feels h**l-bent on imposing their views on others despite potential for widespread harm, or incorrectness of said views.......

    We're in a sad, sad way indeed!

    990 days ago
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