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Archive for January 29, 2012

Common Sense – Why do some people not have it?

What is common sense? Well, it is sort of things you just know. How do you know them? Are you taught them? Well, some things that I think are common sense may not really be. Like Respect. Well I imagine that you would be taught that by your parents.

Ok so here is an official definition:

defined by Merriam-Webster as, “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.”

“the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way”

So it is a judgement that we all inherently have… when? I guess if you think about it, certain things like “it is not safe to run with scissors” and “if you run into the road, you will get hit by a car” are things that most parents will teach you yet they feel like common sense. Maybe common sense is something you learn and it becomes common sense when you remember it.

If we look at the definition a little: Where does someone get this “sound judgement” they are speaking about?  Everyone must learn it somewhere.

Back to “Respect”: If you are at someone’ house for dinner, most dinner table manners are considered having respect but I would also call it common sense. I would also say asking to use the person’s phone or any other personal belongings would also be considered respect but you would need to learn those somewhere. Young kids are respectful sometimes just because they are shy because they are young.

You know what else is interesting is that when someone does not have common sense, it almost looks and feels like the person is not smart at all. It also gets other people aggravated when someone does not have it and at some point, teaching it feels forced on another person which is even more aggravating to both parties.

My conclusion to why some people do not have it is because they have not been taught it by their parent’s for one reason or another.  Is their parent void of such common sense due to mental illness? Did the person grow up without the main teacher (parent) in their home? Would someone who does not have common sense know it? How would they find out?

What does everyone think?

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