Tag Archives: perception

Mountains

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

John Muir

Journeys

“And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.”

Wendell Berry

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’?