Some times it is hard to make sense of life.
Although I think there is sort of an“universal” common sense, in other
words events evolve according to a natural order, certain rules apply
that cannot be changed, IE , live life by a set of high ethical
standards and your life normally will be better than if you live a life
filled with drugs, illicit sex and otherwise bad behavior. Develop a
good economic policy either on a personal or national level and
financial rewards will come to pass. Break these universal laws and
However on an individual basis, we each live in our own world, a world unlike any one else. This
uniqueness places you at a different perspective than any one else on
the planet. A different perspective than even the person sitting
closest to you.
Strange as it may seem, two people sitting next to each other will often times view the exact same
event differently, and see two entirely different realities.
This fact then should make sense to you that we each have an inner world
specific only to one self? Each person has a unique perspective, based
on life experiences, with which to view life.
If this doesn’t make sense to you, then it is time to review the common sense
perspective, which states that no one can have more authority on what
is right for you, than you! We often have the perspective that the most
important answers to life’s questions come from outside ourselves. This
is an erroneous assumption, because of our personal
perspective,experience, and desires, only we know the best path to pursue.
This doesn’t say that we shouldn’t look to others for
advise,that is healthy, we should always consider the thoughts of
others in making a decision, however the final answer always comes from
These two different perspectives on common
sense creates many of the problems we see in the world today. Because
of the way people in different parts of the country and world are
raised gives each a different perspective than some one else. this
would be fine except for the fact that some values cannot be changed.
If a person is raised with a poorsense of values, they don’t know
anything else,their poor values translates into bad judgment. They keep
making bad decisions in their life and can’t figure out why their life
isn’t working. These beliefs become so ingrained into their life that
if someone tries to teach them “universal “common sense they don’t
understand and think you a fool.
This is the reason it is so important for children to be raised with the correct moral and
ethical values, if they aren’t taught from an early age it makes it
extremely hard later in life for them to develop the right attitudes
and work ethics to succeed in this life. If kids are taught that lying,
cheating, spending money recklessly, and not showing respect to others
is acceptable behavior, than they naturally assume that acting in this
manner is just “common sense”.
Probably every generation has said this, but it is more important now than ever to
teach our children the proper values. With the onslaught of TV, the
Internet,MySpace and all the other negative influences out there, it is
extremely important that kids know where their parents and family stand
on such matters.
I’m not saying that all the afore mentioned mediums of communication are bad, much to the contrary, our
society has benefited in many ways by the development of instant
communications. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without them.
However, all things can be used for good or evil, people need to
discern the difference and make an intelligent decision as to what is
“truth”. This is where a strong sense of right and wrong comes into
If an individual grows up in an atmosphere where good
judgment and values are missing ,they believe it is perfectly fine to
do whatever pleases them, with no regard to anyone or anything else.
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None of us are perfect,if we were , there would be no need for us to be
crawling around on this planet trying to make sense of it all. However,
it is the responsibility of parents, family, community leaders, and religious leaders to act in a respectable manner, to set a good example, and if one makes a mistake , come clean,admit it, and don’t
blame it on someone else or some event in the past.
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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com
Your comments appreciated
There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.