In the past two years, two words have done nothing more to rile me up into an eye-twitchingly state of annoyance. Yes, you’ve probably guessed it, the eye-wateringly painfully vague “common sense”.
“But Max, if it’s ok for Nigel Farage (below) it’s ok for me?” Well, I think Nash has sufficiently dealt with that.
The problem is that the term “common sense” is…well…meaningless. Or at most it means whatever the user wants it to mean. You’ve already seen Farage’s (above) extraordinarily vague definition of “common sense” (again, as brilliantly dissected by Nash). Other advocates for “common sense” include the oh so impartial Fox ‘News’ with former host Glenn Beck posting a letter online from a viewer on the phrase’s apparent ‘death’.
For the sh*ts and giggles, let’s have a trudge through this ‘memorial’ piece.
“No one knows for sure how old he [“common sense”] was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.“
Woah! First paragraph and we’ve already ramped up the ‘stupid level’. It doesn’t even deserve a response.
“Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn)“
Ah, now we see the agenda. This is what I was referring to when the term can mean whatever the user wants it to mean. At one level “(don’t spend more than you can earn)” gives little lee-way for those who live below bread-line and in abstract poverty. Anyway, there’s a lot to get through, so moving on.
“Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.“
Good to know that anecdotes can make an appearance.
“Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses“
Again, woah!! I wouldn’t have quite developed this angry reputation against organised religion if “churches became businesses“…and paid taxes! Oh, hang on…
This is the problem, this is why I’ve been keen to tear hair out and repeatedly bang my head against a wall. I recognise that I’ve taken a rather broad stroke at “common sense” with only a few examples, but I’m sure our ‘large fan-base’ wouldn’t appreciate me rambling on (far more than I already have). This is the level of bullsh*t we completely fail to appreciate at Things Can Only Get Better.
If you’re able to justify much of what Farage and Beck advocate under the guise of a meaningless term, it’s not a recipe for success.