“Food for Thought” – The Death of 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) 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.

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Mike R

We have seen common sense decline along with forgetting to teach our children to stop and think properly with integrity and humility. Have you ever asked your child why they did something and they answer, “I don’t know”? Well, they probably don’t know why. Depending on the child’s age, that may be the opportunity to have them stop and think until they can get back to you with an answer. Then it is an opportunity to train them to think properly.

There are so many good comments to this great article.


I think common sense has banned by the government for being racist


give me a president with common sense over high iq and you will have a thriving country we can all see what a so called brilliant president has given us maybe at election time we should check people for their common sense because we see what being smart or you owe me has gotten us


Love thy neighbor as thyself,do unto others as you would have them do unto you.Common sense that no election or politician these days would dare mention. The upcoming election will change little ,except the faces and rhetoric. We as Americans must as a group as well as individually stand against the corrupt sewer that Washington DC has become.

Glenn Shannon

It seems like the kids back in the 40s and 50s were mostly poor and we had to use our imagination with sticks and games made up in the mind. Cowboys and Indians was a great game although it would be outlawed today with the politically correct. Today kids don’t have to use any brain activity as computers and TV does it all for them. For me I think imagination was what built common sense as can’t think of any other reason there was so much of it in the old days.


Common sense is not politically correct

Marilyn Hubbard

So many of these things are the things I grew up with and it’s sad to see them slip away one by one. I hope he’s not so dead that he can’t be revived. Let’s all pray this election takes care of it.


I have observed that Common Sense is sometimes not related to IQ. Some very smart people I have known do not have much Common Sense while some not so gifted with a high IQ demonstrate a high level of Common Sense .

Pat H.

Ahh, common sense is not so common!

Vern Sinclair

I hope common sense can be revived at the 2012 election. We really need common sense instead of current leadership.

John A Howard

Read the Death of Common Sense by Philip K Howard

Jerry Sparks

I have been saying this same thing for a few years now, and I,m glad to see someone else feels this way to, but I do not blame the others as you have to have commom sense to understand it.


I agree with Wanda.

Michael Hudson

Common Sense isn’t—-

Cecilio Mendez

Come November, I think we will hear Mr. Common Sense again. He will quote Mark Twain by saying: “The news about my demise were exaggerated.”


When the “ME” genration started to take over, common sense was treated as old fashioned.

Gary Hallas

The problem now is, everyone has a lawyer. No one defends themselves. See my lawyer….
Lawyers then can make the worst wrong seem right


Excellent article!!! I, personally, am very saddened over the loss of Common Sense but am going to continue to practice his lessons to the best of my ability so that he will be brought back to life as others do the same.

Let’s do it America!


True, but Why? A great deal of common sense is learned by children in their younger years. When I was growing up most children had two parents and the mothers stayed at home to nurture her family. My parents taught me patience, perseverance, honesty, bravery, respect for others, goal setting and a pride in achievement. I was a “stay at home mom” my children were not the first to have the electronic games and they never had hundred dollar shoes. But, today they are all employed, have families of their own, and they are the kind of individuals anyone would be proud to call their own. (Yes the mom’s stay at home) I believe that the loss of common sense and civility in our society is tied to the breakdown of the family unit. When society learns that children NEED a family more than tangible items we will become a… Read more »