Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts notes that one of the things that ails this nation is a dearth of common sense. My sainted parents, who had a lot of that commodity, often told me and my brother that fancy words were never a substitute for “horse sense”:
We don’t. Common sense is nowhere to be seen, and it’s been gone for quite awhile. Exhibit A. When suicide among teens, along with drug use, depression and other mental illness is sweeping like a pandemic across America, some towns are taking evasive action. They’re banning teenagers from going out Trick or Treating.
WTF? So kids going back and enjoying a little nostalgia, harmless fun and socializing without smartphones is a threat. Nope. Better they stay home on their smartphones, looking at porn, taking drugs, having sex, or just dying.
This has been going on for decades, BTW. When I was young you began having neighborhoods take down basketball hoops because they were eyesores, or closing up open lots to keep kids from hanging around and doing things like play baseball or kickball.
This is what comes from people who have college educations and yet forget that intelligence gleaned from academics is only one part of what we call smart.
But then, common sense says things like abstinence is a valid option for avoiding AIDS, there is such a thing as boys and girls, sex and childbirth are more than coincidentally related, and Socialism has failed miserably every time it’s been tried. It also teaches such things as ‘don’t support destruction of due process since it might come back to haunt you.’
We certainly can’t have that kind of thinking, so we settle for plowing into our current social problems among teens by taking the bold step of hauling kids dressed like ghosts or superheroes to jail for not staying home on their smartphones where they belong. Dumb nation. Our kids don’t deserve what they are going to get as a result of the last several generations of idiot adults.
Go here to comment. One good thing about common sense, as traditionally understood, is it generally saves us from making fools of ourselves as we follow the intellectual fads and prejudices of the day. There is no idea, no matter how false and cruel, that will not have ardent advocates in academia, the media, entertainment and government. I lived through the day-school sex abuse hysteria of the eighties and the early 90s, and I recall the mantras of “children never lie about abuse”, and other manifest absurdities that were accepted solemnly as innocents had their lives destroyed. The Salem Witch trials are ritually condemned in our history books, even as in each generation some of our “best and brightest” replicate the classic formula of hysteria plus nonsense “evidence” plus innocent scapegoats. I thank my parents for the skeptical common sense view of the world they bequeathed to me.