Ein Freund aus USA schick­te mir per E-Mail den fol­gen­den Text, der angeb­lich aus der *Lon­don Times* stam­men soll, na ja, wer will das schon so genau wissen?
Letzt­lich kommt es doch auf die Aus­sa­ge an, und die fand ich ganz tref­fend, wenn­gleich nicht abso­lut paß­ge­nau, so doch min­de­stens wert brei­ter bekannt gemacht zu werden.

[An Obi­tua­ry prin­ted in his the Lon­don 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 stepchildren;

- 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