I cannot recall where or how I came across this short story, but I remember it quite vividly. At first I thought it might be one of Aesop’s fables but after doing a thorough enough search, I could not find this one listed under his collection. Anyhow while reading the book ‘The World Is Flat’ and how outsourcing has become a matter of survival for some huge corporations, I started to recall this story……..( since I don’t know the source, here is my interpretation/version)
A group of scientist together with a young guide were trekking through a forest in search of a ideal area to setup camp, when they came across the skeletal remains of what appeared to be a massive and magnificient creature. The scientist were very excited about their find, and decided that they would first reconstruct the creature piece by piece and thereafter bring it back to life.
As the weeks passed, the young guide looked on with amazement at how swiftly the team of brilliant scientist had reconstructed the massive body and were now starting on the head. A few weeks later they had accomplished what had appeared to be an insurmountable task! And just as they were about to revive the magnificient creature, the young guide took one look at it and shouted for them to stop while he quickly climbed up the highest tree he could find. The scientist just laughed at him and proceeded to bring the creature back to life. Only the young guide lived to tell this story……
The beauty of this simple short story is that there is more than a single lesson to be learnt from it.
Obituary of Mr. Common Sense
By Rick Archer
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
- Maybe it was my fault after all
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).The health of Common Sense 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 Tylenol, sun lotion or a band-aid 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 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 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; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 3 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. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
Filed under: Notes To Remember |