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What Happened to Common Sense and How Do We Increase It?

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Real Estate Agent with Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info DB-17066

Unfortunately, we are no longer allowed to thin the gene pool as many previous activities that would qualify you for a Darwin Award now have government mandated warning labels.  We are now warned about . . . 

  • sticking your head in a head in a plastic bag
  • removing the tag off your mattress (not sure why this is a thing)
  • removing baby before washing their onesie
  • caution contents might be hot (thanks McDonald's coffee lawsuit)

According to my Google Images research, this has even gone to the next level.  We are now even protecting the unborn humans with warning labels . . .

Since evidently humans are no longer capable of thinking for themselves, I asked my computer for suggestions on how to increase common sense.  I asked ChatGPT the following question:  "What will it take to increase common sense in today's society?"

Increasing common sense in today's society is a complex task that requires a multifaceted approach. Here are some key factors that could contribute to the cultivation of common sense:

Education: A strong emphasis on practical life skills and critical thinking in educational institutions can help foster common sense. Promoting courses that teach problem-solving, decision-making, and logical reasoning can empower individuals to make more informed choices.

Media literacy: Educating people about media literacy and critical consumption of information is essential. With the rise of fake news and misinformation, teaching individuals how to evaluate sources, fact-check information, and think critically can help counter the spread of unfounded beliefs.

Parental guidance: Encouraging parents to instill common sense values and critical thinking in their children from an early age is crucial. Parents can promote open dialogue, teach responsible decision-making, and help children develop a balanced understanding of the world.

Community engagement: Active participation in community activities can help individuals understand diverse perspectives, develop empathy, and make sensible decisions for the collective good. Engaging in volunteer work, community projects, and discussions can broaden one's understanding of societal issues.

Role models and leadership: Effective leadership at all levels is essential in promoting common sense. Leaders who demonstrate critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and logical reasoning can influence their followers positively and inspire others to adopt similar approaches.

Encouraging curiosity and lifelong learning: Emphasizing the importance of curiosity and continuous learning can foster intellectual growth and the development of common sense. Encouraging individuals to question assumptions, seek reliable information, and stay open to new ideas helps combat dogma and ignorance.

Critical evaluation of policies: Evaluating policies and decision-making processes using evidence-based approaches and common sense is crucial. Encouraging public participation in policy discussions and emphasizing the need for practical and logical solutions can lead to better outcomes.

Ethical considerations: Encouraging individuals to consider ethical implications in their decision-making processes can help guide them towards common sense choices. Recognizing the impact of actions on others and promoting empathy and fairness are essential components of common sense.

It's important to note that increasing common sense is a long-term societal endeavor that requires collective effort. These suggestions provide a starting point, but the implementation will require ongoing commitment, education, and a shift in cultural norms.

It's important to note that increasing common sense is a long-term societal endeavor that requires collective effort. These suggestions provide a starting point, but the implementation will require ongoing commitment, education, and a shift in cultural norms.

Conclusion:  Common sense is not very common!

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I wish I knew a perfect way to increase common sense.  Alas, I don't.  One thing for certain, there is no lobby for common sense in Washington!

Jun 19, 2023 06:58 PM
Jim Paulson

It definitely is not so common any more Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jun 20, 2023 11:02 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Jim, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 19, 2023 07:12 PM
Jim Paulson

This old fart appreciates it Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jun 20, 2023 11:03 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Common sense has been decreasing for the past 60+ years that I can attest to and sorry asking Mr Google is not the right way to go about it:))))Endre

p.s.: but what do I know Jim Paulson  I am just a legal immigrant from communist Hungary...

Jun 19, 2023 09:39 PM
Jim Paulson

It does make me wonder Endre Barath, Jr. if this issue is unique to the US or if it is a worldwide problem.

Jun 20, 2023 11:04 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week.

Jun 20, 2023 05:13 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That last photo speaks volumes to a person's common sense, If they don't have any they deserve the results.

Jun 20, 2023 05:44 AM
Jim Paulson

Ed Silva I think common sense is a recessive gene.

Jun 20, 2023 11:10 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Society has certainly become dumbed down, haha.  When proper English is spoken a lot of people think a foreign language is being spoken, haha.

Jun 20, 2023 06:42 AM
Jim Paulson

Brian England have you seen the Finnish comedian Ismo?  He does a wonderful job making fun of the English language. If you haven't, check out https://youtu.be/1P0Z1yq-2FQ

Jun 20, 2023 11:17 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Those with common sense do seem to be the minority.

Jun 20, 2023 09:22 AM
Jim Paulson

Kat Palmiotti at what point to we rename it to something else since it is no longer an accurate term?

Jun 20, 2023 11:19 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Jim... sadly, common sense just isn't so "common" any more. And I suspect some of it is a result of all the insanity we see on social media.

Jun 20, 2023 10:15 AM
Jim Paulson

Nina Hollander, Broker I have learned that many people aren't even worth listening to in person, let alone logging in to hear their opinions while they hide behind their keyboard under pseudonyms.

Jun 20, 2023 11:20 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

I just edited this post since the formatting was off the first time.

Jun 20, 2023 11:09 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jim- read Philip K Howard's The Death of Common Sense. We are failing to teach our children how to think on their own. We place more importance on being politically correct and rewriting history so as not to offend others. 

Jun 23, 2023 07:54 PM
Jim Paulson

Kathy Streib I agree.  I think required classes in school should include both Common Sense 101 and Critical Thinking Skills 101.

Jun 26, 2023 05:27 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

"Truth is not Truth" is the result of the lack of common sense these days. 

Jun 25, 2023 01:46 PM
Jim Paulson

Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES I guess that is why the Boy Scouts used to say "... the whole truth and nothing but the truth".  Unfortunately, many of our leaders and media have not taken that oath.

Jun 26, 2023 05:29 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Isn't it ironic that even ChaptGPT gets it 

Media literacy: Educating people about media literacy and critical consumption of information is essential. With the rise of fake news and misinformation, teaching individuals how to evaluate sources, fact-check information, and think critically can help counter the spread of unfounded beliefs.

Jun 26, 2023 05:05 AM
Jim Paulson

Lise Howe isn't it a shame that some people allow social (and other media) to fact check our data with their bias and then it gets accepted without question?  As an attorney, you get the meaning (and the intent) of words in context, not a sound bite out of context!

Jun 26, 2023 05:38 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Liberal logic is one of the major causes of the death of common sense !

Jun 26, 2023 04:01 PM
Jim Paulson

Buzz Mackintosh I finally learned that if you grade on a curve based on how it makes you "feel", it scores better.  However, if you deduct points for logic . . . 

Jul 07, 2023 08:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, I just read today somewhere here on AR about common sense not being very common!   Great post.

Jul 28, 2023 01:16 PM
Jim Paulson

Joan Cox I wonder if it is an illusion in that the silent majority is never quoted in the media?  They are after getting reactions and sound bites.

Jul 30, 2023 05:33 AM