Common Sense is Not So Common
Common sense is not so common. - Voltaire, Dictionnaire Philosophique (1764)
- It is different from person to person
- Don't consider your position, or the position that you agree with, or even a position that has consensus, to be "common sense", because it's nothing more than your perception.
- Your idea of common sense is likely to contradict someone else's idea of common sense.
- Instead of relying on "common sense" to make decisions, you should instead rely on building consensus for your position and perception, and work with other people to reach a conclusion most people can accept.
- By assuming your position is "common sense" and acting upon it, all you're doing is insulting the people who disagree with you.
I think this is also one of the reasons that make human communications hard.
- Our communications are based on some "common senses" like
- back ground knowledge
- If two people have different "common senses", the communication between them become hard.