Common Sense

Today, my friend Ramana Rajgopaul wrote on the topic of “common sense.” Apparently, he’s a member of a cozy group of blogging buddies who call themselves the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium. Eight bloggers – Ramana (aka Rummuser), Ashokgaelikaa, Lin, Maxi, PadmumShackman and The Old Fossil – write on the same topic every Friday. I encourage you to drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Ramana’s post on common sense got me to thinking. 

Common sense is always subjective: “I have it. You don’t.” :)

True common sense, though, would be: If it’s raining, and you don’t want to get wet, wear a raincoat or carry an umbrella or both. Perhaps you love to dance in the rain! What then? Someone will think you’re insane, no doubt, but is it a lack of common sense if you choose to dance barefoot in the rain and jump in puddles like a child – provided you change into dry clothes when you’re done, so you don’t get uncomfortably chilled and perhaps catch a cold?

Common sense should not be used as a criterion for judging others, though – especially if I’m dancing in the rain and you think I’m crazy.


Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit
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19 thoughts on “Common Sense”

    1. It seems like such a nice little group of friends, too. Not a big, high-pressure thing – just something they enjoy doing on Fridays. (I’m trying to write my way in without an invitation, did you notice? LOL)

      It always seems like, when someone starts talking about “common sense,” they means someone doesn’t have a lick of it, and they – of course – are masters of it. I agree with you, it should be the “logical” thing. But one man’s logical is another man’s boring – and not ALWAYS doing the logical thing can be fun. “Common sense” didn’t get us to the moon.
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  1. I don’t owe a coat, so I don’t wear one… or is it that I am not cold so I don’t wear a coat, and why the heck should I waste my money by buying one?
    Am I crazy? I’m sure to some I am, but then again, I’ve created myriad new products and processes that make the world better, safer, and easier with which to deal. I’ve helped thousands of firms augment their bottom line and their staffs to happier days.
    so, watch who you term crazy….maybe it’s you, who’ve done nothing to improve someone’s lot In life.
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      1. LBC is for Loose Bloggers Consortium. The first word is Loose! No penalties at all. In fact, for the last few weeks, only Lin, Shackman and I have been regularly writing as the rest have been preoccupied with something or the other. I will simply send a mail to all the members that you too will henceforth write. Welcome to the LBC.
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  2. Welcome aboard Holly – yep, we do have fun. It’s a kick to see several takes on our weekly subjects. And – you’re right on with this weeks commentary. I look forward to your commentaries and comments.
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  3. My husband just recently used the saying “common sense” in regards to something I thought would be more… hmm… difficult. Greg was talking with my cousin, who passed the bar to become an attorney. My cousin told my husband, “I didn’t study for it. It’s all just common sense.”
    But would someone without the interest be able to apply the same common sense?
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    1. Really? Ask your cousin – and don’t let him use a book or Google (watch him squirm in person) at UCC § 2A-216 has to say about your rights while riding as a passenger in my husband’s car.

      Go on, I dare him to say, “It’s all just common sense.” Unless he’s memorized the damned thing. That’s the kinds of questions that can pop up on the Bar. I don’t know if he’s being modest, disingenuous, or snotty.
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