How to Educate Common Sense?


“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”

Isaac Asimov

It’s fairly humiliating to find that your intelligence will not protect you from stupidity.

This past Sunday, after a nice and relaxing glass of wine (OK, it was a tall glass – but it really was only one), I determined it was high time to take the SUV to the car wash.

Quarters safely entrusted to the machine, high powered wash correctly chosen, I set upon the task with my mind free to wander as my body took over.

Then a stubborn little spot on the rear window caught my attention and I reached out to help it along with my fingers…

Let me tell you – any who have not thought about it – skin in the direct path of a high pressure water wand will lose the battle!  Instantaneously!  Painfully!  Memorably!

My husband’s reaction when I showed him the angry wound and asked if he knew a car wash wand could do that was “No, I’ve never known anyone who did that.  It’s pretty much common sense that 2000 lbs of pressure will hurt you.”

Really?  It had not once occurred to me.

I’m befuddled.

I can pick up the nuances of any software I’ve encountered in a VERY short period of time.  I can decipher instructions, read complicated writings, calculate on the fly, plan and organize, and a few other odds and ends.  Why do simple things elude?

I cannot decide if it’s a brain disconnect when faced with everyday situations, or if it’s an intelligence fault.  Is there a particular area of the brain that handles common sense?  If so, is it an area that can be intentionally developed, or are some people prone to learning only by the ‘school of hard knocks’?

 

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