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Cinq questions. 1- Faut-il retranscrire sur ce blog les blagues qu’on reçoit par e-mail? Si on pose la question c’est qu’on sait qu’on ne devrait pas. (Mais le chef étant en vacances…) 2- Le bon sens de Descartes et le common sense anglo-saxon sont-ils la même chose? Oui, dans la mesure où pour le philosophe français, c’est “la chose du monde la mieux partagée”. Toutefois, l’éloge (ou la deploratio) qui suit est malheureusement (?) en anglais. 4- Pourquoi l’humour réac est-il plus drôle que l’humour progressiste? 5- Quelqu’un connaît-il l’équivalent en français mais qui ne sent pas la traduction?

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 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.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing !

3 commentaires

  1. 13 septembre 2006

    Le bon sens chez Descartes est censé être la Raison universelle (y compris quand elle est paradoxale et contraire aux apparences du sens commun), alors que le “sens commun” n’implique peut-être pas cette supposition et peut aussi n’être qu’une adaptation pragmatique.

    Sur le point 4, il y a une théorie selon laquelle la comédie aime surtout caricaturer ce qui s’écarte d’une norme commune et donc que l’humour de droite est plus facile, depuis ce réac d’Aristophane.

    Cependant, je ne trouve pas cette satire très drôle, peut-être parce que la morale y est trop lourdement appuyée.

    Cf. aussi le Why There Aren’t Many Right-Wing Observational Comedians

  2. 20 septembre 2006

    J’ai beau relire, je ne vois pas de question 3 😉

    @Phersu: Le common sense ne me paraît pas la même chose que le sens commun (ou alors pas dans le sens péjoratif de ce dernier); c’est bien la raison, mais au sens de raisonnable, voire modéré, balancé (pas au sens de raisonneur), donc effectivement assez proche du bon sens.

  3. Guillaume Barry
    20 septembre 2006

    On pourrait invoquer un sabotage à  attribuer aux commandos des ennemis du bon sens. Mais je dois reconnaître que c’est pure inadvertance de ma part si j’ai sauté du 2 au 4.

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