The Illusion of “Common Sense”

I am often perplexed by the use of the term “common sense.” Even more so when a person stresses the need for (more) of it.

Can you even define such a thing? Do you know when you see it? How do you categorize or quantify such thoughts? If you can, then you should very well be able to teach it. Right?

I estimate then that the use of the term “common sense” is merely a blanket statement to describe an assumption that cannot otherwise be articulated. Is it assumed as an expectation; as something others should sense or feel, to be the same as that of the user of such a phrase?

It is a lazy term. A leader is none of these.

Lord Naoshige said, “Common sense will not accomplish great things.” — Hagakure: The Book Of The Samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, 1659–1720

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