… on common sense
October 20, 2011 Leave a comment
According to the genius Albert Einstein, common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by the age of 18.
Unbeknownst to most of us, common sense is also a result of some pervasive and extremely stupid logical falsehoods that have become embedded in the human brain over generations, for one reason or another.
Remember that time you did a back flip from the roof into your little brother’s kiddie pool? Remember how all your friends thought it was a great idea and it was going to be so cool? And do you remember when you regained consciousness three months later in the hospital, how suddenly they all laughed at you and said you should have known better, commenting how common sense is not at all common for your pea-sized brain?
The problem is, there is something about our brains that just won’t let us put ourselves in the other guy’s shoes. We are the armchair warriors criticizing — from the comforts of our homes — those poor soldiers that got whacked in that god-forsaken piece of real estate that is Basilan, yelling about how they “bungled the patrol” because they allowed themselves to be ambushed. We are all convinced that, had we been in the same situation, we would have made the right decision; those DPWHere-are-they-at stooges’ photo wouldn’t have gone viral, the GnoMeA wouldn’t have been president and Christopher Lao would have been informed.
The moment we see their mistakes in hindsight, we tell ourselves what morons they must have been. The problem, of course, is that when our reaction is to shake our head, laugh and call them dumbasses, it keeps us from learning from their mistakes.
To see this happening on a grand scale, just open a history book, or watch the news. One famous guy in the early 1900s (Is he? How come I don’t remember his name? Anyway…) succinctly warned that, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” and people have spent the last hundred years ignoring him. It’s not so much that we don’t remember the past, it’s that here in the future (which is today) everything our forefathers did looks retarded.
These malfunctioning thoughts — several of which you’ve had already today — are a major cause of everything that’s wrong with the world.