Tuesday, September 25, 2007


As I look at the title of my blog here, "Common Sense," I wonder if I am being arrogant to assume that my thoughts on issues are any more relevant to common sense than most of America's public policies these days. Then I consider the conversations I've had with people from all walks of life and recall the thoughts and ideas they shared with me, and I am certain that at least some of my proposed ways of doing things have a lot more common sense than I had given myself credit for.

So arrogant? No, I have to pass on that one. Do I believe all of my ideas are correct? I just know they are correct for me; I can't begin to judge how they are perceived by others.

Maybe some of the problem of the seeming lack of common sense is because one cannot find common sense in a book; it's learned from life experiences. I am not denigrating education in the least. But a degree of any kind does not insure common sense and in some ways, theories taught to those with little life experience actually pushes common sense to the background.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject--or any subject. I know I have a lot to learn from others--common sense tells me that.


  1. You may seem arrogant to others less fortunate to have as colorful opinions as you. But like you taught me, if I spent my life worrying about others I'd miss the most important things, like my own feelings and thoughts. Yeah, sure some may read your columns and think your snotty or self righteous, but they don't have to read them, do they? You've taught me more than any book or life experience can, and I thank you for that. So, write to your hearts content and don't worry about how others percieve you. Look forward to reading more.

  2. Said as only a son can say it. Thank you for your thoughts and your eloquent expression of them.