What’s one thing the world doesn’t have enough of? It’s not common knowledge, since it’s already been established that such a thing is kind of situational according to culture, region, and so on. Common sense however is what a person will or won’t have depending on how they interact with the world. It’s something you can be taught, but it’s also something you have to learn on your own. If you put your hand over an open flame you’re going to get burned, right? Well, if you do it again, and again, and again you might be lacking what’s called common sense. If all you see is the pretty light and want to reach out and touch it, knowing full well that it will burn you, then common sense has bid you a fond adieu and might not be coming back anytime soon.
Unlike common knowledge, which is a learned thing, common sense is the judgment a person exhibits in practical matters that might not require an education but instead require a person to think about what might happen if they do one thing or another. You step up to a ledge, preferably a short one, and take a fall. It should hopefully only take that one time to realize you’re going to get hurt. Some folks though don’t exhibit a lot of common sense and are either extremely accident prone or just don’t seem to think about the consequences of their actions.
Common sense unfortunately extends beyond practical decision-making.
It can affect how people deal with one another as well. It’s not just situational. Common sense doesn’t just come to everyone. For some people it has to be learned the hard way, and for others it just never shows up. If you look at our political landscape these days you’ll see a serious lack of it as those people that live in their own little worlds where the light of day from the real world rarely touches. What this means is that some people find it so difficult to relate with anything that rests outside their sphere of influence that they’ll simply close themselves off and refuse to look at anything without using their own personal bias as a guide. This creates a serious lack of common sense that they can’t possibly gain on their own unless they’re willing to do so.
Trying to teach common sense to someone that is afraid to leave their personal bubble where they feel safe is a task that many people simply don’t have the time or patience for. But unfortunately it is entirely necessary for people to grow and develop as individuals.
The saddest part is that common sense seems to be an outdated concept these days.
Those that would call themselves intelligent, enlightened, and up to date with how the world works but would still seek to condemn others for actions that they’ve taken, words they’ve spoken, and thoughts they’ve expressed in the past have little to no common sense. They might have intelligence, but knowledge is not by itself a virtue that can a balance to one’s life and mannerisms. Common sense, the ability to deal with people, situations, and the world itself in a rational and practical manner is what the world needs more of at this time. Sadly, it’s being virtually ignored by the ignorance and stupidity of the masses that can’t see the ledge towards which they’re being led.
Common sense brings a greater sense of unity to the world, while ignorance lets the cracks widen and the gap continue to grow.