a friend died and was buried without ceremony


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, his name be Wisdom. He 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.

Wisdom was a rich man by anyone’s standards but he lived by a simple, sound financial policy, don’t spend more than you can earn. and it was Wisdom who recognizes that 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. Wisdom 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 could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Wisdom lost the will to live as the churches were no longer seen as the guardians of morality; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Wisdom took a beating when your home was no longer seen as your castle and you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Wisdom 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.

Wisdom 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 3 stepbrothers; Envy, Contempt, Greed, and a stepsister named Pity. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. He was given a pauper’s funeral so that he might still be among his friends, even in death.

If you still remember him, say a little prayer that he might be one of those resurrected from the dead so that he might continue to lead us, the faithful and the hopeful, down the path of life!!

another h/t to my niece, Lea

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4 thoughts on “a friend died and was buried without ceremony

  1. BB-Idaho

    I guess we could equate wisdom with common sense. I sure hope so because
    “Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate”
    …BB did the same thing, but it was in 1946….and they had dunce caps back then, and well, although I was not charged with sexual harssment, I sure was embarrassed.
    Now that the blush has faded, cannot help but note that many of your examples
    pertain to law/lawyers. I knew of a case some years back wherein an employee
    got drunk in the company parking lot after work. Jumped in his car and ran into
    a lightpole. Sued the company for having lightpoles in their parking lot. Won.
    Makes ya wonder….

  2. The Griper

    he laughs, seems like we had a common experience, BB. i kissed the best friend of my sister one day. boy, did i get a chewing out by her mother. by the time she was done i felt smaller than the lowest of creatures.

    i used the word wisdom for only one reason. psychology defines “common sense” in such a manner as to declare it unworthy of using to come to a conclusion. common sense was used in the piece my niece posted. so, in this case, we could say that they are synonymous.

    glad you enjoyed the post and brought back a fond memory for ya.

  3. “Common sense is a simple and non-self-conscious use of logic.”

    “That which today is called “common sense” is the remnant of an Aristotelian influence.”

    Ayn Rand

    Great post Griper!

  4. BB-Idaho

    A little humor about common sense in Montana….
    The Montana Department of Employment, Division of Labor Standards claimed a small rancher was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him…;

    GOV’T AGENT: “I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.”

    RANCHER: “Well, there’s my hired hand that’s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board. Then there’s the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally.”

    GOV’T AGENT: “That’s the guy I want to talk to . . . the mentally challenged one.”

    RANCHER: “That would be me.”

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