Common Sense

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     Aristotle, who is the first person known to have discussed "common sense". He was describing the ability with which animals (including humans) process sense perceptions, memories and imagination in order to reach many types of basic judgments. In his scheme, only humans have real reasoned thinking, which takes them beyond their common sense.

     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) something our bureaucrats and politicians have long sense misplaced, and reliable strategies (adults are in charge not children).
     His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of an 8 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 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 women 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 stepbrothers
    I know my rights
    I want my rights
    I want it now
    I’m a victim.

    Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

100:7.3 But the Master was so reasonable, so approachable. He was so practical in all his ministry, while all his plans were characterized by such sanctified common sense. He was so free from all freakish, erratic, and eccentric tendencies. He was never capricious, whimsical, or hysterical. In all his teaching and in everything he did there was always an exquisite discrimination associated with an extraordinary sense of propriety.

  Rickey H. Crosby  (Petitor Veritatis)