Common Sense Have We Lost It?

Doing the Right Things

“Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.”- C.E. Stowe

Have we gone too far with our political correctness?  Do we need some form of approval or professional advice before we take action?  We seem to continually hear words like “you can’t do that” or “you can’t say that” or “can’t go there, “you must have at least two people present” or “that would be too risky for them to do”.  Have we lost the run of ourselves, can’t we be honest with people and call it as it is.  Whole professions and services have grown up and developed over the years to advise or consult on what one can do or can’t do.  Where and when does the right thing to do come in play for us and others we interact with.  Are we using sledge hammers to crack nuts, have we gone beyond where we need to go in some areas.  Why do we allow situations to go on unchallenged?

It is happening everywhere, in our workplaces, our community, our society and on our political agenda.  Where is common sense and doing what is right gone from our lives?  Just look around you at what is  happening now in your own envirnoments.

A simple story tells it all

A farmer with a small holding of only 17 milking cows wrote his own Last Will & Testimony.  He did not seek any advice on the matter.  When he died and the Will was read, he had left the following to his surviving wife, son and daughter.  ½ the cows to his wife, 1/3 of the cows to his son and 1/9 of the cows to his daughter.  Now with 17 cows this could be an issue.  So a neighbouring farmer lent the wife one cow.  She how had 18 cows so she proceeded to divide the cow according to the instructions in the Will.  ½ of 18 is 9 so she got 9 cows.  1/3 of 18 is 6 so the son got 6 cows.  Finally 1/9 of 18 is 2 so the daughter got 2 cows and 9+6+2 = 17.  She then gave the neighbouring farmer back his cow.

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Mel Clifford

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