Common Sense is Not Always Common

I usually laugh when people state, well it’s just common sense. Do we think about what we are saying? We usually mean, that something seems obvious. But Common Sense is the values that we all share in common. Families are all different and we come together and create our own Common. For example, there are many families that think it’s common sense to be clothed when in public or in front of their children, but I’ve known families that had coed showers, father-daughter and such. These weren’t perverted families. Just ordinary families with different practices.

I mention this so we can make our lives a bit more relaxed. Maybe the person smacking their gum didn’t mean to be rude. Or the clerk that wasn’t super duper friendly is just from a family that’s not as upbeat. In Southern United States, Southern Thangs, it’s a common practice to serve sweet iced tea with most meals, but in the UK that practice is very odd. Also, a preacher going to the pub in Ireland or London and drinking a pint (beer) after a Sunday sermon isn’t scandalous. But if he ordered a cup of coffee it would be.

Before we judge a person’s peculiar habits we need to understand them better. Even then it might be best to keep our judgments to ourselves and not rely on common sense to guide our perceptions.

Seth Godin says it well, They’re your words, choose them

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