An obituary for Common Sense


Robert J. Ahles

Saint Cloud

A memorial service was held last Saturday for a beloved old friend; Common sense. His date of birth is unknown but he was born to parents Truth and Facts Sense many years ago. He married the love of his life, Love thy Neighbor, and they raised two children, Responsibility and Reason. He was a friend and companion to many.

Common Sense was well known for its values ​​and the lessons it taught such as:

  • Use common sense and wisdom;
  • Exercise sound and prudent judgment;
  • Get vaccinated against viruses;
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others;
  • Know when to be quiet;
  • Demonstrate respect and care for others;
  • Have realistic expectations; and
  • Take care of your health.

Common Sense’s health quickly deteriorated with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic when well-meaning guidelines and regulations were put in place but not followed by many.

It lost ground when “so many” attacked scientists, health care experts, governors and teachers for doing the important work they couldn’t do themselves because of cries for freedom. More ground was lost with book bans and hospitals filled to capacity due to unvaccinated patients as vaccination recommendations and requests for masking were ignored.

Common sense lost the will to live when mayors and county officials failed to protect the health and safety of their citizens.

Common sense was abused when Trump supporters did not accept that Donald lost the election as they stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the election and our democracy.

He was hurt again when state officials and senators started packing weapons into our palace.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after the deaths of 5,747,516 people from COVID-19, including 901,388 Americans, as “so many” continued to cry out their freedoms and refused vaccinations and masking.

His last words were: “No one has the right to spread or prolong a disease. We are blessed with many rights in this country, but a person’s personal rights end when their actions harm others.

Common Sense was predeceased circa 2016, by:

  • His parents, the truth and the facts
  • His wife, love your neighbor
  • His daughter, Liability, and
  • His son, Reason

Surviving Common Sense are its four half-brothers:

  • Do not tell me what to do;
  • Don’t tell me what to say;
  • Don’t try to change me; and
  • I know my rights

Only a few attended his funeral, as “many” did not realize he was gone.

— Robert Ahles is a retired St. Cloud resident and full-time caregiver for his disabled wife. Submit your turn by emailing [email protected]


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