June 12, 2008

Obituary: Common Sense

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 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 step brothers:
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.


  1. LOL...

    loved it :-))

    I Know My Rights:this is for womens and in india to all caste oriented people I guess:-))
    I Want It Now :this is for younsters... naya khoon;-))
    Someone Else Is To Blame : polticoans....
    I'm A Victim : for abla nari;-))

  2. hahaa :P

    funny hai!! :P

    but yes... true hai... and sach akdwa hi hota hai!!! :)


  3. I've seen this one b4 :)


  4. @ Chaks

    Yep.. me loved it too.. got it as an email fwd..

    @ Ankur

    Haan boss.. kadwa hai par sahi hai!!

    @ Keshi

    Probably.. its been in circulation on the net for sometime. Anyways, its awesome!

  5. Oh seriously man!i so believe in every word of it. Beautifully put, loved it! :)

  6. @ Ria / Mia / Anjuli

    Indeed its so wonderfully put. I posted this within a few minutes of receiving the same as a forwarded email!

  7. I just loved this post !
    How true !!!

    The burglar suing reminded me of the movie Liar Liar. Rmemebr ? Jim's assistant charges him of having made the burglar win ver the case with his fren, coz he was hit by a knife in her house...?

    I also agree with Chakoli's view. Such a sorry picture the world is right now. But little do we realise....

  8. Cindy.. Thanks.. yep, the world surely has changed.. Chaks did give some real good explanations on that!

  9. Good one.. have read it before, but makes sense every time i read thru... :)

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  11. LMAO

    I heard about that woman and "hot coffee".....good one there...

  12. @ Aaarti

    Indeed it does make sense..

    @ Akshay


  13. Have read this before n i njoyed readin it again! How true!

  14. Great write up,who ever wrote them.Simply great.