“Common Sense is Not So Common” (Voltaire)

Riddle me this: I am a 25-year-old college graduate. I actually finished my double major from a well-known liberal arts school that isn’t known for being a cake walk in 3.5 years. I am a director of a young professionals group and entrusted with major decisions. I am a good reader and am fairly intelligent. If all of this is true, why, oh why, can’t I open a snack pack of pears without spraying pear juice all over myself??

After a few times of being sprayed with what can only be a gallon of pear juice to start my mornings, I finally got smart and started opening the little buggers over my sink. As I was standing there opening these little pear juice bombs, the thought occurred to me that these snack packs were really designed for 9 year olds to take in their lunch and eat in the school cafeteria. So, if I, a college graduate, can’t open these suckers, how can kids who can’t even do long division be expected to open them without annihilating every kid in the lunch room with pear juice and starting what can only be considered the greatest food fight of all time? How can the food packaging companies not have a little common sense?? 9 year olds (or 25 year olds for that matter) have no good way of opening these packages without spraying themselves with sticky pear juice. Common sense says we should come up with a better way.

But that’s the problem. Somewhere in time while we were busy putting a man on the moon and developing technology to turn our phones into small, portable robots probably capable of taking over the world, we lost a lot of common sense. Now a days, common sense isn’t so common (thanks for the quote, Voltaire!!).

For example, the other day I was watching one of the local news stations. Normally, these stations, I think, do a great job but this was not one of their strongest days. The temperatures were well below zero and the city had set up warming places across the city. Now, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the majority of the population looking for a warming station is, honestly, homeless. I’m also going to venture that since they are homeless they don’t have a TV but they might be catching the local news being broadcast in a public place. So, let’s assume that the homeless person in need of a warming place did manage to find a TV to watch the local news. Great! A story on warming places! Perfect!! What did the local news do?? “For a list of warming places, please visit our website.” Um, what?? Hello?? Know your audience!! Common sense tells me that those needing a warming place probably don’t have access to a computer and the Internet. Better luck next year, local stations.

It amazes me the crazy things people do because they lack common sense. The hilarious examples of common-senselessness can go on and on. I’ve decided instead to provide you with a brief common sense exercise:

You are walking down a crowded street. Like any smart young professional, you have your cell phone in hand. But drats!! You have no battery life!! Lucky for you, you happen to have thrown your charger in your purse. You are on your way to a very important meeting at the local coffee shop, CaffeineCabana, that is within just a few blocks of exactly where you’re standing but you’re not 100% sure which direction. If only your cell phone had a charge, you could use your GPS and figure out exactly where it is at. How do you solve this dilemma?? There are no outlets in sight and not enough time to charge your phone!!

a.) Develop a new app that uses solar power to charge your phone. Who cares if you missed the meeting, you developed a new kick butt app!

b.) Start studying the sun. You’ve heard something about using the stars to help you navigate when you’re lost. The sun probably can give you some clue. At the same time, you start sniffing the air for that coffee aroma…

c.) Burst into tears right there in the middle of the sidewalk. No phone, no idea.

d.) It’s a very crowded street… ask someone where CaffeineCabana is….

Please, I hope you answered D… If not, perhaps it’s time to put yourself through a little common sense class. Turn off your phone and venture out into that crazy world on your own. At first it might be terrifying but I promise, common sense is priceless. And (sadly) you’ll be one of the very few people who uses common sense daily!!



~ by caitlinludwig on February 15, 2011.

One Response to ““Common Sense is Not So Common” (Voltaire)”

  1. Fantastic blog post! I can’t believe how many people don’t look before they run. It’s not that complicated to take a step back and use the tools that were given to us as human beings, not the ones we’ve created.

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