THIS IS A RE-POSTING OF AN EARLIER ENTRY
I’m sure that everyone has at one time or another gotten the e-mail circulating around the internet regarding the obituary for Common Sense. It seems that Common Sense passed away several years ago after fighting a long battle with terminal “unreason”. I’ve attached a link at the bottom for those wishing to pay their respects.* After doing some research, I believe that I have stumbled on an astonishing bit of information.
ARE YOU RIGHT HANDED OR LEFT HANDED?
What led to the demise of CS? Well, I think to begin with we have to look at the part of the anatomy where our “common sense” resides. Doctors believe that it is in the section of the brain that is located somewhere between the left and right ears, or vice versa if you are right handed. If you are one of the unfortunate individuals who were born with an elongated ear canal (the one where when the doctor shines a light in one ear and the light beam is projected on the wall opposite your head as illustrated above) you will probably not be accused of possessing what doctors call the CSS, or Common Sense Syndrome, and can go back to coloring outside the lines if you wish. The documented cases run into the thousands.
Let me give you an example. If one night you stumble around in the dark trying to find the bathroom and stub your big toe, there is no problem. I mean other than the pain, the loud scream and foul words exiting your mouth. But, if the next five consecutive nights you repeat the same exact scenario, including the exact same scream and foul words, but do nothing to fix the problem, then there is a problem. Albert Einstein once said that the “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”**. Not only have you injured your toe a second, third, fourth etc. time, you also probably bruised your ego because you do not have the CSS. What could have been done differently the following nights? Come on now kids, we’re not talking rocket science here (here is where the theme song from Jeopardy would play). That’s right, sleep in a different bedroom!***
That brings me to the second part of the question raised in my opening statement. What happened to common sense? Researchers believe that the earliest cases of loss of common sense can be traced back to the mid twentieth century. In the early 1950’s through the end of the decade there was an epidemic of common sense. Men wore their hair short, mom’s stayed home and raised families while dad built cars and highways for those cars to travel on. Good was good and bad was, well, bad. You could understand the lyrics to popular songs and the singers had sane names like the Shirelles, The Four Tops and The Dell-Vikings (eventually the D-Vs would break up and split into a computer company and a football team). Only Super Heros wore tights and a cape. Life was good.
SEX, DRUGS AND ROCKS IN OUR HEADS
Then came the sixties. Whoa, dude there was some heavy stuff going around out there man. Everybody was doing it, man. We were involved in a war, people discovered drugs and the British once again invaded our shores. That’s when “Bad” became “Awsome dude” and people invented pretty colors man and we all went to a far out farm in upstate New York for a party man. We liberated ourselves in the sexual revolution. For me that meant I didn’t have to look in the big mail order catalog anymore to get my jollies. Bingo! It was all downhill from there.
The seventies only gave us Disco, Pet Rocks and the Captain and Tennille, so they aren’t even worth mentioning here.
Then the eighties came and they were kind of bland, but not as bad as the seventies. The DeLorean automobile, the oil bust, Donald Trump’s hair, Nan Noo, Nan Noo eventually all made their way into American culture. I believe that both the seventies and the eighties were sixties “wannabes”.
USE A FLASHLIGHT
So in a nutshell, that’s my findings on what happened to common sense, elongated ear canals and the sixties. The next time you’re in a conversation with someone you think is lacking in common sense, get a flashlight and sneak up behind them and quickly shine it in one of their ears. If the light shines all the way through, they’ve got an EEC. If they wallop the crap out of you, they probably don’t. To me that’s using your Commo . . . oh . . . I forgot . . . It’s dead. On second thought, don’t pay any attention to me. I have an elongated ear canal. Pass the red crayon, please.
Watch for my next post: DID ENGINEERS REALLY BUILD AN ATTENTION SPAN THAT BROKE APART IN HIGH WINDS?
*: See http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/commonsense.asp
**: Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/12047
***If you are not suffering from ECC you would have installed a night light.
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