Did common change its definition and not tell anyone?

Posted on February 23, 2012. Filed under: Business, Relationship Management | Tags: , , , |

 

Common – often occurring or frequently seen

The things that are supposed to be common are actually pretty rare.  Not many people offer ‘common’ courtesy any longer.  Rarely does a person exhibit any ‘common’ sense. ‘Common’ decency has been distorted to something unrecognizable.   Apparently, common changed its meaning and forgot to send out a memo.

Perhaps these things are called common not because they are regularly displayed.  Maybe, just maybe, the hope was in calling them common they would make more frequent appearances.  They are practices appreciated and desired on a regular basis, but unfortunately not frequently used. 

It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.

At some point it was decided being nice wasn’t desirable or something.  Courtesy is not a difficult concept.  Offer people the same kind of consideration that you would want.  Being ignored or deemed too unimportant to register is not how you want to be treated, so why would you treat others that way?

People want common courtesy, but rarely offer it.

It is distressing that it has become acceptable for people to treat service providers as second class citizens.  Yet the people who do this would be the first to get upset if they were treated the same way.  We’ve all seen the person who goes off on a 16-year-old because she had the audacity to have a line when he wanted to check out.  It’s not her fault and no one should be proud of themselves for making a 16-year-old cry. 

As I was walking into the mall, a gentleman held the door for me.  Sadly, I did not realize what he was doing.  As he stood there with the door open, I stood behind him waiting for him to go through.  I had become so accustomed to people being rude that I did not recognize a polite gesture when it was practically smacking me in the face.

Common sense is a game many people don’t like to play.

The things that we aren’t taught are the things we need to learn the most.  Common sense is a much more useful tool than trigonometry.  How often do you have to find the cosine of a triangle on some idle Tuesday?  How often do you need common sense?

Why is it called common sense if most people don’t have it?

Sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.  That doesn’t sound so hard.  But for the majority of the population, it is.

You don’t need a college degree to have common sense.  

Common sense helps you decide what you should try.  You shouldn’t have to conduct tests and trial runs to see that screen windows are not going to work in a submarine.

You can go online to find a cosine.  You can’t go online to find common sense.


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