Common sense - so many of us claim to have it, but so few of us seem to actually exhibit it. Everyone wants to believe that they are the ones who know best, but let me tell you -- most of us are idiots, and you're probably not the exception.
If you want examples, just witness my dropping off Crysta at Purdue any given day. This morning at a traffic light, a woman tried to cut over into my lane, and then flipped me off for being there already. That's right, I had the right of way, and she got mad at me. And don't even get me started on the pedestrians around that campus who just run into traffic with no warning.
In the end though, I inevitably end up wondering what the world looks like from their point of view. Are they just not thinking? Are they, like the lady who tried to merge into my lane, under some false perception about where lines lay on the road? Is there a switch in their brain that's been turned off?
And then I start getting a bit scared: What if I'm just as stupid?
In truth, I probably am. I probably have just as many "duhhh" moments as they do. So from here on out, I am making a pledge, and I am hoping you'll join in with me. So here we go:
I swear that I will do my best to act with common sense. Whenever possible, I will think before taking an action that may affect those around me. I will not do things that a four year old could tell are a bad idea. I will not blindly act, and instead consider using my brain before doing something that could potentially put my or someone elses life at risk.
That should do it. It's at least the best I could come up with.
And if we all do our best, I think we can slowly but surely raise the bar on common sense. We can make the world a little less stupid, and a little bit more comfortable to navigate.
Or at least significantly decrease the odds of my hitting you with my car.