Saturday, August 23, 2008

Common sense...or the lack of it?

I have alot on my mind right now, almost bursting at the seams, all kinds of thoughts but don't worry they won't make me lose my regular beauty sleep haha. Economics, political situation, the present, the future, (my impending retirement too! haha), attitudes, cultural influences, UITM, swearing in mosques, 200 complaints at a certain political party elections at various levels, oh my...pretty plenty issues don;t you think?. But I shall leave the comments to my good fren Datuk A KadirJasin to handle it as he always does, so eloquently and so diplomatically stated, without compromising his journalistic instincts (hehe), so cleverly veiled and so becoming when addressing our multiracial and multicultural society. If you read his latest comment (at my link on the sidebar) I like that bit which he said, that there a only a few small multiracial multicultural nations left in the world that are able to maintain peace and harmony and people doing their bit and bout relatively, safely. Of course, he does has his share of detractors, non-believers..hehe. I think we should all play our little role at maintaining that, don't you think so? Enjoy the ode to common sense, someone emailed me last nite.... and have a great weekend ya?even if you're just at home unlike some people, enjoying their weekend in Yogyakarta....(yeah...that was bugging me too...cos I wish I am in yogyakarta sometime soon! hahaha)

Ode to 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 earn) and reliable parenting 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 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 they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Panadol, sun lotion or a Band Aid to a student - but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, 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 can 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; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.
He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm A Victim.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone...

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