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Why we should not ignore common sense

Updated on April 28, 2012

At some point of a person’s spiritual development, a doubt rises with the question about the validity of common sense. Is common sense realistic? What is realistic view? What are the limits of common sense vs. my personal worldview?

People might think that common sense is a constant, fixed category, but those who have lived for more than 70 years now and still stayed sane and countable, which is impossible – to be honest, would say that common sense has been constantly changing during decades.

Let us walk more deeply into history and we will see that in the year 1500. It was impossible not to believe in God because he protected us from the Devil and the evil spirits and demons that were all around us. In such an enchanted world, it was common sense to believe that demons and spirits are able to possess someone’s body while now such belief is a strong candidate for mad idea. During past centuries we have lost our belief in demons as real things but they have sunk deep into our unconscious and are seen in symbols. Art, and especially theatre and movies, became mediums for portraying evil and good forces through acted out characters, but we need to divide the world we live in and the world of art.

You need to be able to set boundaries between Imaginationland and the real world. Hacking your friend with an axe because, for a second you forgot you are not in Skyrim, is considered uncommon. Today, having a common sense means being realistic.

Common sense is common, mutual understanding and a consensus in a spontaneous community of people is needed for some statement to be qualified as common sense. But why do some people, and even groups seem to lack it?

As I have said earlier, common sense means realism. It is un-realistic to lack common sense. In Latin, res means “thing”, so being realistic means having a sense for a world of things, for the world of matter. As far as modern societies know, matter is the only certain stuff that links us all. Spirituality became an individual concept, it is something you have to figure out for yourself.

But that was because spiritual goals and teachings were unrealistic, a lot of time and effort was needed to explain religious truths in a worldly manner. It seems that now religion is subdued to materialism, but it is not so – it is just not as rich as it was before, it is more plain and therefore simpler, and we are becoming more like children when we touch the topic of religion. But that does not mean that we believe in rubbish and fairytales, no, the true religion of mystics is the one that observes things more simply, without some dramatic explanation. And the religion of mystics is the one that is rising among the most educated people in the West and East who are fed up with power, politics, money race.

Being spiritual does not exclude realism. It should not. But being spiritual has it’s dangers of becoming unrealistic and therefore to lack common sense. Being spiritual means to figure out, on some deeper level that we are interconnected, that we are dependable on each other, that we can truly exist only in sincere dialogue as philosopher Martin Buber stated. The only thing we have in common now is this material world and if the dialogue stops maybe the world will collapse. Then, neither higher spiritual constructs will be able to exist as we know them because the basis will be lost.

And it is not that society will collapse because we are disobedient. No, society will thrive in one way or another, in one form or another. It is just that an individual that is unadjusted will not be successful and fail and the individual never was a driving force of the society as a whole. So, in a common world - be common, realistic. In Imaginationland you can be whatever you like - and that's the fun part of this whole game.


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    • Gentle Fist profile imageAUTHOR

      Gentle Fist 

      6 years ago from Serbia

      Thank you very much for reading and voting! I am always pleased when someone is aware of the importance of contemporary issues.

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      6 years ago from London

      Excellent hub with many implications for our society. A good snippet of sociology. Up and Followed :)


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