I was chatting with a friend today about what appears to be a complete lack of "common sense" in the upcoming generations. In my generation, if you had a piece of flooring with "THIS SIDE DOWN" written in large, red letters, you put that side down. Not so with the new generation!common sense
sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.
I was thinking about Aluxon's comments in the education topic, and I am wondering if the two are related. The definition of "common sense" refers to "normal native intelligence", the latter word being the key point--intelligence, the animus. Not knowledge acquired by training or memorization, but reasoning and understanding at a conceptual level.
If people are programmed not to think--to use their intelligence--that might explain the lack of common sense these days. And by programming, I mean either psychological conditions, as Aluxon described, or chemical ones, thru the use of psycho-active drugs, which are well known to decrease intelligence and levels of common sense.
Living outside the conveniences of modern society requires a lot of common sense. But since that is being bred out, concepts such as Sanctury or Shangri-La of Lost Horizon will shortly become a thing of the past... something that can no longer even be conceived, let alone acted upon, at least in "civilized" societies.
Perhaps the meek will inherit the Earth?