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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Obituary in the NY Times

At first she was puzzled as she started reading this obituary in the paper.  But what followed was genius.

An obituary printed in the New York 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 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,
  • 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 realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

 

I removed the jpg and manually typed this in as I had several emails letting me know that it was extremely blurry and difficult to read.  Hope this helps.

12 comments:

  1. The picture was just too hard to read on my phone so thank you for changing it. It was worth the wait. This is outstanding, especially with what is going on in your country, and in several here on the continent.

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    1. Happy you were able to read and enjoy it, Anon.

      Hugs and blessings...Cat

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  2. Thanks for the change...much easier. This is very sadly true, partly because too many think only about themselves.
    hugs abby

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    1. You're welcome, Abby. I agree, it is very sad.

      Hugs and blessings...Cat

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  3. All of it so very true. I often say I'd rather have common sense than be highly intelligent. I think I lucked out although sometimes I get carried away.

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    1. I agree, Sunny...would much rather have common sense. There is a saying in this neck of the woods for those would are very intelligent but have no common sense...we call them "educated idiots". ;)

      Hugs and blessings...Cat

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  4. Cat,
    Very sad, but true.
    --Baker

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    1. Unfortunately, I do agree, Baker.

      Hugs and blessings...Cat

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  5. Common Sense passed away so long ago I have to wonder if it's existence was real or only fictional.

    https://these3fhl.blogspot.com/

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    1. It was real and still alive in quite a few people I know...hopefully we can pass it along.

      Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. Sad isn't it, Minelle. :(

      Hugs and blessings...Cat

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