Common Sense… Not So Common Anymore

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; ≈ Proverbs 2:6

Meriam-Webster, defines common sense as “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts; the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions; ordinary good sense and judgment”.

Before I learned a lexicon definition of common sense, I gathered its meaning from my grandfather’s words. “Now where’s y’all common sense? What y’all did… didn’t make a lick of sense”. His favorite words for telling me, my brothers, and cousins that we didn’t think before we spoke or acted.  “Y’all got five senses. Use them… Y’all can see, smell, hear, taste, and touch. Now put them all together and don’t be foolish.” He told us… all those years ago.

Looking back, I realize that the common sense, my grandfather referred to include the ability to intuit outcomes based on our own individual observations. He expected each of us to estimate outcomes and discern right from wrong. The common sense needed to identify the difference between good and bad… by not only knowing to do better… but choosing to do better.

For Proverbs 3:21, tells us that wisdom and preference constitutes common sense.

My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion (ESV).

My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion (NIV).

My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them (NLT).

I think that common sense can benefit reason… maybe even give it an advantage in space and time. So, that we swiftly use our common sense to see things as they are and defend that which is true, against that which is false. So that we continuously proclaim that which is just no matter how small our voice may be in a sea of resounding noise.

I’m thankful… my grandfather taught his grandkids that common sense is invaluable… in the absence of… and in the presence of… academic knowledge and scientific data. James 1:5 affirms that… common sense is God given wisdom and understanding. Yet, common sense, doesn’t seem… so common anymore.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.