Sunday, December 30, 2007

Homage to Mr Common Sense

[Note: not entirely my own... customised/changed it from a mail which was going around]

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Mr. Common Sense. Mr. Sense had been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in history, and the hype of a globalised free world.

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 and that life isn't always fair.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound and reliable life policies, e.g.,

  • don't spend more than you earn,
  • quality of life is more important than branded 'life-style',
  • "home" is more precious than the "address"
  • responsibility comes before rights,
  • sharing resources (ranging from ideas to car-pool) is the essence of sustainance of a society...

    His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but grossly mis-interpreted ideologies started proliferating the media and minds. Mr. Sense declined even further when:

  • parents started becoming the "career managers" of their off-springs, instead of letting them find their own calling,
  • brand labels started started appearing outside - and not inside - the products,
  • the concept of "economic growth" started replacing - contradicting - the reality of "economic development",
  • people started believing that "greater common good" actually emanates from "self-interest", and
  • the "international commuinity" accepted 'extraordinary rendition' as a norm of life on the planet...

    Finally, Common Sense lost the will to live as the "rights" became contraband, religion became businesses/politics, and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

    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 two stepbrothers: "My Rights", and "I'm a Whiner".

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


    Anonymous said...

    Mr. Common Sense will never die, though many will try to kill him...
    He will always long as mankind is..

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