alemandrina (idwoman) wrote in chocolatte,

Applicable for all of us who work w/ the public

> 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
> 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
> Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more
> than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in
> 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 Caladryl, sun lotion or a band-aid 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 Ten Commandments became
> contraband; 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; and his son, Reason.
> He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, 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.
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