According to Merriam-Webster it means,… the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions.
The ability to think,…. hmmmm, apparently our society has lost some of this ability. We rely on Google, phone apps and the like to guide our day to make it easier. We don’t think anymore. While I may be casting a few stones,… this writer has also shown signs of lacking common sense at times. I know it is hard to believe, but it is true.
Common sense, horse sense and walking around sense are all the same thing. From what I have encountered and those people I know from various stages in my life, people having common sense seem to be lacking in book sense. And visa versa. People with book sense seem to lack common sense. Not in every case mind you but very often. Example,… I worked in a hardware store in my early 20’s. Professors from UNA often stopped in to shop on a regular basis. One in particular could not grasp the concept of how a toggle bolt worked. It was too complicated for him. The same thing with a molly bolt and even a plastic anchor. Because he couldn’t understand how they worked, he went home empty handed and didn’t hang his mirror. So, I bring in a 12 inch square piece of gypsum. Sheetrock if you will and physically use each wall anchor to show other potential customers how each of them worked. Thank you,… you can quit applauding now,… but it seemed to work being able to “see” instead of just telling the customer and letting them visualize the hows and whys of the anchors.
So in essence, Merriam-Webster’s brief description of common sense is a bit on the lacking side. Walking around sense is actually the term I prefer but people without it sometimes cannot grasp that meaning, much like the professor and the wall anchors.