Sunday, August 30, 2015



Every once in a while, something comes along to inspire us. Perhaps it is the utter logic involved; perhaps it is just that it touches a heart string; or perhaps it is even because it was so well written it could hardly be improved upon! The following composition is such an item. A friend sent it to me in February 2009, saying he first saw it in the London Times. It applies just as much to today as it ever did then! I cite it here for your edification!

             "Common Sense" says I shouldn't! So should I or should I not?! THAT is the question!  "Dojah" the dog crosses the Kootenai Swinging Bridge!

 Photograph by the Blogger 


Today, we mourn the passing of a beloved  old friend, 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 for 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 regulations were set in place. Reports of a six 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 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 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 four stepbrothers; I Know My Rights; I Want it Now; 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.

Digital Image from  an Ektachrome Slide in Author’s Collection taken at Grand Canyon Caverns, Arizona in 1976.

                  Commented on, Photographed 
                                and Posted by:
Harald Hesstvedt Scharnhorst 
                 August 2015

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