I wrote a blog a few months ago where I said that something was common sense. Of course, as everyone didn’t necessarily agree, it made me wonder about what is common sense?
I looked up a few definitions this morning, and most of them were pretty similar. I happened to like the one offered up by thefreedictionary.com.
sound judgement not based on specialized knowledge
sound and prudent judgement based on a simple perception of the situation or facts
But, as in all things, as one brings there own perceptions to any situation, does that mean that common sense isn’t all that common?
I’m a college educated, east coast urbanite who lives in an apartment with a handyman, and relies on mass transit. What is common sense to me might be very different from someone with advanced degrees who lives in a rural area, has acres of land and drives a big truck or a high school graduate from a suburb living in a house and driving a sports car…As we are all different, is the commonality of being human enough?
Because I am beginning to wonder…
I was car shopping with my Mom the other day. She prefers a smallish car so I asked her what size her other car was. She said 80 inches. Now to me, it’s common sense that a standard sedan is longer than 80 inches…but to my high school educated Mother, not so much. She argued with me that she was positive that her car was 80 inches…Positive until I asked the sales guy and he said that absolutely no way was her 13 year old Volvo S6 80 inches long. To be fair, my double advance degreed husband stated that he might not actively realize that a standard car can’t be 80 inches. So am I confusing logic with common sense?
How do you define common sense?
Is there a difference between logic and common sense?
Do you think that everyone should just be able to understand certain concepts and act accordingly?
Or in today’s society, is there really no such thing as common sense?
How do you define common sense and give me an example. I want to see if what we think of as common sense passes the universonality test…
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