The Common Sense Dilemma
What happens when common sense becomes uncommon? Do we still refer to it as common? Is common sense following its cousins, common courtesy and common decency, down the slide into obscurity? All three seem to be increasingly uncommon in today’s culture yet the phrases still seem to linger in the subconscious of our our society. Maybe we hold on to these phrases to pacify our collective conscious. Maybe we are trying to convince ourselves that as long as these qualities are considered “common,” then our society hasn’t decayed as much as we secretly fear it has.
When I was a kid, “horse sense” was a phrase that was often used as a synonym for common sense. It is meant to infer that even a dumb animal is smart enough to know certain things that it should do or not do. And if a horse has its fill of common sense than most certainly we should have more. Well, after spending several decades counseling people, along with following trends in politics and culture I have arrived at a conclusion: Either horses have gotten a lot smarter than us or we are losing our minds and common sense is going the way of the dinosaur. I know some horses can count up to ten but has anyone seen a horse doing calculus recently?
So this blog is my humble attempt to resurrect common sense from its slumber and make it a part of our everyday lives. My hope is that common sense will once again become common and I will no longer feel as though I’m standing alone on the edge of sanity.
A COMMON SENSE TEST: If you are suffering from great financial debt, what is the solution? If your answer is to cut back on your spending and pay off your debt then you have some common sense and you are at least as smart as a horse. If your answer is to spend more money and put it on your credit card then you have less sense than a donkey and you should probably run for congress.