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Let’s Talk Common Sense

A video recently went viral on social media in Malaysia. The video depicts a group of friends celebrating a birthday. For a frame of reference, the birthday girl and her boyfriend hosted the party themselves. The problem is that the friends who came didn't pay a dime, and didn't have any transportation, so the birthday girl's boyfriend had to pay for their car rental. In addition, the friends were so rude that one of the boyfriends from the group of friends came and celebrated her birthday instead, even though it was the birthday girl's birthday, the person who hosted the party.

Due to this viral video, numerous individuals have commented and made clips trying to preach the importance of common sense. The big question, however, is how prevalent is common sense?

According to Collins Dictionary, common sense is your natural ability to make sound decisions and act practically and sensibly. Nonetheless, as per Charles Alday, common sense is the sum of our knowledge and experiences practically. However, common sense may not be as widespread as we believe. It varies from individual to individual because no two people have the same knowledge and experiences. To develop a shared pool of judgement, a group must make a concerted, intentional, and integrated effort.

I believe it is due to The Apollo Root Cause Analysis: A New Way of Thinking (Apollonian Publications, 1999). Gano claims that because each person's perception of the world is unique, using common sense to solve problems will not lead to good solutions.

Firstly, according to The Apollo Root Cause Analysis: A New Way of Thinking, we get information from our senses. We all have five senses, but they develop in different ways. The environment in which we live and work creates neural pathways in our brains, resulting in differences in the understanding of our senses. Each person perceives the world differently over time, resulting in their perception of reality.

Subsequently, it is crucial to remember that each person develops strategies for acting in various situations they organise knowledge. For instance, if a baby is hungry, they will cry. If the baby is fed after crying, they will repeat the strategy. If crying does not work, the baby will develop another strategy. This concludes that we will keep a given approach as long as it meets our goals. As the adage goes, if all you have is a hammer, everything appears to be a nail. Based on our individual experiences, we each employ the "best" strategies we are aware of.

Lastly, we develop conclusions and models. This is because an active mind is always looking for new opportunities as we discover that things do not always go the way as they used to even when we wish they would. As a result, we learn to react differently and modify our conclusions about how to act in similar situations in the future. Each of us adapts at our own pace, depending on our circumstances.

Thus, the above are just a few of the many reasons why common sense cannot be taught to people, and we cannot just expect people to share the same value of common sense. This is because it simply does not exist in the ways we believe it does. Instead of chastising those who behave differently than we might expect in a given situation, we should take the time to understand their perspective. Who knows, we might even find common ground in terms of what makes sense for all of us, but remember that common sense is not universal.



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