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Common Sense

Our old friend Merriam-Webster tells us that the definition of common sense is: sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts. English Language Learners’ definition of common sense is the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions. Kids Definition of common sense is ordinary good sense and judgment. Hey, Kids. Thanks for zeroing us in! I think we’re beginning to get it! Nevertheless, beyond the definition is the sad truth about common sense. How underrated is common sense; it’s undervalued, underestimated, unappreciated, and misunderstood. How rare common sense; its use is infrequent, sporadic, erratic, and unusual. How little practiced common sense; its measure can be called petite, slight, tiny, miniature, diminutive. How unwise not to use common sense; it’s foolish, rash, ill-advised, reckless, imprudent. How much better the world would be by the exercise of common sense. What if it became a daily exercise? Voltaire reminded us that common sense is both more uncommon and more desirable in leaders than mere intelligence. Common sense! I think that’s what my father meant when he said, “Use you noggins, young’uns.”

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