A Shiny New Blog About Common Sense
What is common sense?
The online COLLINS DICTIONARY defines it as
“plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense”
The online MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY defines it as
“sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts”
DOTTY HEADBANGER defines it as
“a vital missing ingredient of society today. We all know what common sense is. We all recognise it when it’s put into practice and we all recognise its absence not only in our dealings with red tape and petty bureaucracies but in situations that previously upheld the laws of common sense but have now been corrupted with rules and regulations and procedures that turn logical, simple situations into nonsensical nightmares”
I like common sense. It’s kept the human race alive and at the top of the food chain for thousands of years in a world full of big, fast, snarly beasts with sharp claws and pointy teeth. Here’s an example –
A man and a deer are being chased by a wolf. The man and the deer are running side by side (yes, I know the deer is faster, give me a bit of slack here). They’re both knackered, they’ve been running for ages. They both have the survival instinct – neither wants to be eaten. Up ahead is a bush. The man thinks, ‘There’s a bush. I’ll hide behind it.’ The deer thinks… actually, we don’t know what he thinks but we do know that as the man dodges behind the bush to hide, the deer keeps on running, driven on by his base survival instinct which doesn’t contain one jot of common sense. The wolf follows, catches and eats him.
survival instinct + common sense = survival.
Moral of the story — if we don’t bring back common sense we’ll all be eaten by wolves.
I’m no good at writing articles, they usually come out as big, unstructured rants with few details to support what I’m trying to say, (such as links, quotes or statistics). But I don’t care, I’m going to have a bash at it on this blog. If I don’t provide statistics and if my arguments aren’t as carefully considered as they should be – well, so what – common sense will let you know if what I’m saying is right or wrong.
But if, after I’ve given it a couple of tries, I can’t formulate my thoughts and feelings in a way that makes sense to anyone but me I’ll leave the articles to the guest bloggers I hope will materialise soon and I’ll chip in on the comments. Common sense tells me that’s the right thing to do.
So welcome to Common Sense Is Dead. Let’s see if we can resurrect it.