Obituary ...............

    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 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 his daughter, Responsibility, and his son Reason.

    He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

    I Know My Rights.
    I Want It Now.
    Someone Else Is To Blame.
    I'm A Victim.

    Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.


    I think this sums up the state of this country we call home, but strangly i could not live any where else:?:santa:…x-a

    It was never printed in 'The London Times' it's an email which has been doing the rounds for years...


    I think this sums up the state of this country we call home, but strangly … I think this sums up the state of this country we call home, but strangly i could not live any where else:?:santa:

    It's not just this country's problem, the whole world has gone slightly mad! :roll:

    Such a good thread...and I can identify with some points so well.

    [SIZE="2"]Having studied sociology recently, I feel incumbent to add my off-the-top-of-my-head tuppence worth. From what I've gathered, common sense is the result of the process of socialisation - the process whereby newer and existing members of a given society (re)learn the norms and values of their society. Accordingly, whenever we think something is obviously a matter of common sense [insert your own example], we're predominantly reinforcing the acceptable and dominant attitudes and behaviours of our forebears. What's more, what is viewed as common sense varies over time and from one society to the next.

    I think this means that the common sense that exists within mainstream British culture and it's sub-cultures is certainly going to change. But can one culture be said to be better than another? It's hard to say without being ethnocentric. I mean, I'm sure most people today would agree that slavery was a really bad idea, yet not so long ago, many people thought otherwise. For example, if Pharaoh wanted to build a pyramid, common sense would have told him that he needed to round up lots of slaves.

    Perhaps then, we should celebrate that fact that common sense does change. Maybe in 100 years from now, people will look at our culture and think we were so wrong about so many things. Perhaps we should wait and see what the change will be before mourning the loss of the old culture? From caterpillars come butterflys... :thumbsup: [/SIZE]
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