Common sense has been mentioned several times in my recent posts and their accompanying comments. And it is mentioned as something that despite the name seems to be increasingly uncommon.
Merriam-Webster defines common sense as “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts,” which is not quite the same as “common” meaning widely held by the majority of people. Common sense is, increasingly, not being demonstrated by the majority of people. Or so it seems.
CNN airing the puppy drowning video was not common sense. Mexicans flipping out over an American cartoon was not common sense. Christians having fits over proposed mosques is not common sense. We are beset by larger and larger segments of the population showing a distinct lack of common sense. And I, for one, find it unnerving: a mass of people lacking common sense sounds a lot like a prelude to mob mentality.
The latest example of this nonsense greeted me when I logged on this morning: members of the Gainesville, Florida, Dove World Outreach Center plan to burn copies of the Koran on September 11. In response, Afghans rallied outside a mosque in Kabul this morning and chanted “Death to America.”
Jesus Krispies, people, stop and think!! Accept some responsibility for your actions. Why on earth would you deliberately burn something sacred to millions around the world (including a lot of your fellow Americans) because of something done nine years ago by fewer than a dozen extremists? And why on earth would you rally and chant “Death to (all) Americans” because of the ignorant, insensitive act of one small, non-representative group of Americans? Why deliberately provoke, offend, or condemn people who have absolutely nothing to do with your issue?
Common sense. Please, can’t we have a little more of it in the world? It is, after all, supposed to be common.