Common Sense

The phrase “common sense” often seems to get invoked as a way to point out an apparent lapse of judgement. The overarching message is that if you do not posses common sense about something you are in some way deficient. That you lack some intuition or knowledge everyone else possesses. At the very least you are not normal.

The degree to which one’s sense about things is common is, of course, relative. Being immersed in other cultures is a powerful way to experience how common sense isn’t always so common.

Most successful people I know have a sense, or way of thinking about certain things that’s not common at all. Common sense is overrated. It makes life easier sometimes, but it does not necessarily make it better. In fact, it often causes us to be blind to greater possibilities. It’s limiting.

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