“Common Sense”

I have never disliked a phrase more than I dislike the phrase, “common sense.” It is a worthless phrase that serves no further purpose than to say, “I’m arrogant”. When people use this phrase from Hell, they are usually complaining about how COMMON sense is so incredibly RARE these days. The first thing of note, here, is that a thing can’t be both common and rare. It is either abundant and easy to come across or it isn’t. You have to pick one.

It’s interesting that so many people choose to use a phrase that blatantly states, “I don’t know what words mean,” to complain about how stupid or poorly educated other people are. I’m not saying that people who use the phrase are always necessarily dumb but most people I hear using it repeatedly, aren’t the brightest crayons in the box. There is nothing wrong with not being the smartest person in the room (I know I’ve never been that person) but it’s always kind of awkward with someone starts bragging about how much smarter they are than everyone else when they clearly aren’t.

Even if said person was the smartest person in the room, it wouldn’t be okay to constantly brag about it and/or complain about how dumb everyone else is. We’ve all met that guy or gal (but usually a guy). No one likes that guy. Why would you want to be that guy? Please don’t be that guy. We have a name for that guy. We call them an asshole. Please don’t be an asshole. Treat other people with respect. That’s how you make friends and making friends is how you stop being so miserable and lonely.

Have y’all ever seen the movie, Idiocracy? Warning: If you don’t want to read spoilers for a movie that came out thirteen years ago, please skip to the next paragraph. If you haven’t seen the film and don’t mind spoilers, please allow me to quote the IMDB synopsis for you.

“Private Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.”

Many people complain that the film is looking more and more like a documentary every day. This is about as original of a take as, “‘Isn’t it Ironic’ by Alanis Morissette isn’t all that ironic of a song but the fact that it isn’t is kind of Ironic,” or, “water is wet.” Anyways, they’re convinced that the world is doomed because people are dumb. These people clearly missed the point of the movie. You see, the film has a happy ending. It ends with Joe saving the day because everyone recognizes their own weaknesses and they step aside so Joe can fix everything. Many people view the world in this film as a dystopia because of their lack of intellect. I know that we’re really staring at a Utopia because of their lack of ego.

There is nothing wrong with not being the smartest or best person at something. The majority of people are either smarter than they think or not nearly as smart as they believe themselves to be. Everyone is a genius at something. Everyone is good at something other people are bad at and vice versa. This is not a problem. This is not what causes so many bad things to happen. The real problem is egotism. Too few people are willing to swallow their pride and this results in false hierarchies (hierarchies the exist independent of merit). In the US this widespread arrogance is why we have patriarchy, sexism, racism, homophobia, trans phobia, out of control police officers, way too much involvement in the affairs of other countries (for example, the majority of South America), an economic ruling class with too much money and not enough ethics, etc.

When the human race comes to an end, it will not because people are dumb. It will end because people were too busy complaining about the lack of “common sense” within other people were too arrogant to put aside their pride so that what needs to be done can be done. I had no idea my writing was going to go in this direction, today but my tangent became an essay all on its own so I’m gonna stop it here. Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to like (the star icon), comment, and subscribe. Also, tell your friends about me. Don’t be afraid to share my work if you enjoy it. That kind of interaction really makes a difference in how successful my blog is. Thank you for your support.

Love, Lara

Works Cited

“Idiocracy (2006)”. IMDB.
Accessed 19 Mar 2019.

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