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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Talkin’ Around the Campfire

For all the many changes in humanity, there are some essential things that haven’t changed. We still like to listen to each other talk. Whether it’s on an old radio show, around the campfire telling stories, a preacher behind a podium, a book being read or a podcast. For some reason the tradition of speaking and listening is still strong. I listen to a lot of podcasts while I’m working. It’s either podcasts or music. I tried listening to books, but they are too distracting, after all I still have to work.

The oratory tradition

Stories are what we swim in, what we breathe, and what we consume. They are how we teach our children the values that are important. “Santa won’t bring you any presents if you’re bad.”  I couldn’t even guess how many times we watched 101 Dalmatians or The Lion King when my children were young. I can imagine my sons telling their children stories of a lion king and the evil brother lion who wanted the kingdom for himself. Very much like the Star Wars stories set my generation’s values, Disney has played a large part for the current generation.

The stories you tell, tell who you are

I’ve decided to search for other stories. My culture isn’t Jewish, but we adopted  the stories that come from a long line of Abrahamic tradition. Stories of a god that came to a man in the fertile crescent. A god that promised that man a nation of his own. These stories are about a group of people that were not my people. We as a Christian culture adopted them because we all want god to come to us and promise us glitter and gold, or sheep and children in Abraham’s case.

My first thought was, what other stories cover that time? The Abrahamic tradition takes us back to the first herders and farmers. I’m thinking of The Book of Invasions (Ireland) Lebor Gabala Erenn, which was the inspiration for Karen Marie Moning’s writing.

Norse mythology, which might take me a lifetime to read it all speaks of Odin, god of the 9 worlds and lives in his heavenly realm of Asgard. Norse Mythology – Wikipedia and Norse history and culture

I also found loads of writings on this site Internet Sacred Texts Archive

I think I will start with Myths of The Cherokee

I’m not saying that the Abrahamic stories and the stories of Jesus aren’t important. I would like to find and compare them to other people’s stories. If you have suggestions I would love to hear them.

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