When did common sense stop being common? If I’m in the classroom, especially K through 2, I can see that logic and linear thinking might be a challenge. But as I will demonstrate later, it’s not entirely missing. For adults, the obvious is often unavailable.
Here’s an example. Coming home on one of our busiest highways, I was alert enough to see a pickup truck doing about 45 miles per hour in a 75 zone. Checking for distress, I notice a young woman energetically engaged in a phone conversation – so much so that she slowed down to an unsafe speed. How does that make sense?
Equally ridiculous is the young man (also in a pickup truck) who is texting with both hands while driving down the busy street close to our home. Although the 40 mph speed limit is posted at multiple locations, the man (and many others) elect to drive at 50 or 60, still engaged in texting.
While I’m not seeking examples of illogical thinking, there’s enough of it that I don’t need to look too far. During the busy holiday season, why would you use a grocery store cart and leave it in the center of an adjacent parking space so that no-one can use that space? Why would you park in the middle of the street to retrieve your mail? And why would you pick a fight with me in the post office after I pointed out that there were four people in the line waiting for the US mail kiosk for which you were searching?
Maybe I’m confusing common sense with common decency. Or maybe I’m really talking about the inevitable golden rule – doing unto others what you would like to be done to you.
And then, there is the ray of hope from an unexpected source. As I searched for the right exit in an unfamiliar school, a young man asked if he could help. He appeared to be second or third grade age to whom it was important that I find my path. When I thanked him for his assistance, he smiled broadly and replied that I was quite welcome. It seems that we really are teaching the right things in school in terms of kindness. Shalom.