Is It Dead… Or Just Asleep?

What follows is an interesting, tongue-in-cheek expose on the state of human relationships and endeavors. Stated as an obituary, the unknown writer builds a solid case that this friend, Common Sense, is dead. The evidence seems to be everywhere. And, after you read it, maybe you will concur. At first read, I did. Then I began to question whether or not this is another case of people who should know better simply letting things go to the point that, if Common Sense is not dead, then certainly it is in a coma. And if Common Sense is in a coma, perhaps it can be resurrected and restored to full health. If our God is great and mighty, powerful, and a series of omnis (-present, -niscient, -nimpotent) then why can’t we restore Common Sense to vitality? Why do we have to give up and let craziness rule our minds, families, schools, communities, governments?

Holy Scripture teaches that the one who lives in us is GREATER than the one in the world (1John 4:4). It says we have power to tread on serpents (Ps 91:13). We have power to speak to a mountain and have it cast into the sea (Mark 11:23). Christ raised people from the dead, fed thousands with sardines and crackers and walked on water. Scripture says that we should be able to do even greater works! (John 14:12)

Let’s rewrite this obituary!

An Obituary Printed In The London Times

author unknown

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, and then were interpreted to have the original meaning taken well beyond the extreme 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 started to lose the will to live as the churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a devastating 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 some in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge monetary settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his sons, Reason and Integrity.

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.

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