As I often do, I am sharing the contents of various emails I receive. Think about what it says. Maybe not even so much the actual incidents reported but about our lives in general, or of our society in general. Good old common sense does seem to be so often lost.
An Obituary printed in the London Times. Interesting and, sadly, rather 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 mouthwash after lunch;
and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job
that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly
He 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 if you tried to use force, 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
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 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. If you
still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
Just a brief note to tell you how much I enjoyed this blog!
Hi Maureen, thank you for the visit and kind comment.
Sadly–seems more than true.
((((((((((( Bill )))))))))))
I agree with you Mel
The story about the “hot coffee” lawsuit isn’t exactly true. The coffee was so hot that when she spilled it she required skin grafts. All she ever asked for was enough money to pay her medical expenses- and after the appeals process was over, she didn’t even have that.
Hi Thomas, appreciate getting the info
Hmmmm, common sense suggests to me that this is full of distortions, oversimplifications and selective reporting of “facts”. I know, for example, that juries (people just like you and me) don’t award huge settlements for spilling a little hot coffee.
ThomasLB is correct. The McDonald’s coffee at the drive-thru window was so hot the woman received third degree burns and required skin grafts. The company was aware of 700 prior injuries from its extremely hot coffee in the previous 10 years and did nothing. Common sense and common decency would suggest that a company stop making coffee so hot it hurts people badly, but they didn’t, Here is a link to the facts of the case:
Common sense suggests to me that emails like this start with people who would like us to believe that our right to go to court should be curtailed with so called “tort reform” and that government regulation is very, very bad. (never mind that the current US financial meltdown could have been prevented with prudent regulation).
I’m guessing there is more to the story of a six year old being suspended for kissing another student as well. And suspended for using mouthwash? Mouthwash contains alcohol and teens have been known to drink it to get drunk. Could it be the kid was actually suspended for drinking alcohol at school? And we don’t don’t know how the fired teacher “reprimanded” the student. Might the teacher have been verbally and/or physically abusive to the kid?
Common sense tells me that giving a student medication is very different from informing parents about a student’s pregnancy. Some kids may have medical conditions which would make aspirin or sunscreen harmful to them. Schools aren’t performing abortions. Unfortunately, not all parents are loving parents and some teen girls face beatings and other abuse for becoming pregnant. How about the situation of a girl who has become pregnant because her father raped her? If she knows the school has to tell her parents, will she seek help?
I could continue but that’s probably enough, (or more than enough) of my rant. Please forgive me Bill. You know I love ya, but I just had to say something.
IMO, part of common sense is healthy skepticism and questioning, rather than automatic acceptance, of whatever we hear.
Hi Jennie, always appreciate hearing your thoughts.
I think really what the moral of the story is, is that commonsense is an important aspect of our lives, and granted with everyones research above that who ever wrote this obviously didn’t do their homework as others have. At the end of the day, I really believe that it’s giving us the chance to use commonsense in our everyday lives, and you would have to be completely blind sighted to believe that some decisions and changes in life hold absolutely no commensense at all. For example: Australia is in the middle of discussions that teachers can’t use Red Pen to mark homework or exams: Why? Because psychologists believe that it hurts childrens feelings. For goodness sake: Get a grip. I really think this is one of the morals of the story, unfortunately the author of the email didn’t do his homework properly and made obviously as pointed out above, made poor judgement in the examples above.
Hi Jo, I hear you. I agree common sense seems to be lacking in so many areas of our lives today. Sometime you just have to sit back and shake your head wondering, “what are they thinking”.
so painfully true
Hi Trent, nice to hear from you.