As I scanned the offerings on my I-pad from You Tube I saw a clip with a discussion between Joe Rogan and Bill Maher. It was only about ten minutes and the topic was “common sense” so I took a chance. I didn’t have much confidence that Maher had any idea what it means but maybe Rogan would.
What was fascinating to me is that both of them think of themselves as centrist types of guys. Maher didn’t say anything that made me think he was anything more than a left winger who is not the cutting edge of liberalism any more. He seemed to be channeling Dennis Prager because he repeated something Prager has been saying for years, “I didn’t leave the Democratic party. It left me.” Rogan’s comments made me think he has less potential than I had hoped.
Common sense is one of those things that many people talk about but each means something different. My common sense is not your common sense. What seems obvious to me is nonsense to you. It is obvious to me that if you pass a law against carrying a firearm the only ones who will pay attention to the law are those who could be trusted to carry. It is clear that making murder a hate crime is meaningless as a method of reducing crime. On a more mundane level, if you eat a few chips out of a bag then you should seal it up to keep the remainder crisp. Is this brain surgery?
I actually think that there is a common common sense. The problem is in the definition of the golden rule. Traditionally the golden rule was along the line that Jesus shared,
(Mat 7:12 KJV) Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.Different cultures and religions express it is different ways but it is understood.
Modern thinking has changed the golden rule to things like,
He who owns the gold makes the rules.People tend to quote Jesus and live according to the wag version. It is not a lack of knowledge but a lack of willingness. We could transform the country and the world if people would simply start living by what they know to be right.
Do unto others, then cut out.
homo unius libri