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The Passing of a Legend

This morning I found one of the most honest evaluations of today’s North American societies that I’ve seen in thirty years. I decided that I had to acknowledge it for its truth and honesty.

Judi Anne Chappell, a lovely Canadian photographer, told it like it is on Facebook. I wanted to cheer and felt this was the only way to do it properly. This is what she had to say. My only question is: how fast can the rest of the population understand the significance of this event.

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Judi Anne Chappell

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 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 (they) 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, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 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.

I don’t know for certain that Judi Anne wrote this moving obituary. I only know that she shared it with her friends. I can say that I knew that his health was teetering on the brink and have written about it often. I missed the occurrence of the last straw.

If you can, please bow your head at the passing of Common Sense. Crying is permitted since we’re likely not to see his like again in our lifetimes.

Until next time, a bientot,


  1. September 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Brilliant piece. Thanks for sharing Judi Anne’s work, Clauds. So sad…

    • claudsy
      September 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Carrie, I sometimes feel compelled to share an especially vivid piece of excellent thinking. Judi Anne’s assessment of our current social situtaion filled the bill and applied humor to do it. Glad you approve. If you talk to Judi Anne, tell her she’s not alone.

      Talk to you soon.

  2. October 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    very good publish, i actually love this website, keep on it

    • claudsy
      October 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks, Josh.

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