Miriam MoonWhy do they call it common sense when it's not common. They should call it God given sence because God gave you the sense but you just choose noy to use it.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Common sense generally refers to intellectual faculties that we don't necessarily gain through education, but rather share as people. Yet it is also shaped by culture and environment, and and when someone does something that doesn't conform to our culturally-conditioned sense of logic and reason, we say they lack common sense. It is, however, a matter of perspective.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Common sense is commonly accepted conventional wisdom. It might also be what seems to make sense instinctively. It is not necessarily so much given by God as culturally instilled. You grow up learning it. To a certain extent, some of it does come from natural instincts which may have developed through evolution or from God, depending on how you look at it.
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I think that your premise might be a bit flawed.  I don't think that it's valid to say that most people lack common sense.  I think that we tend to think that we are smarter than everyone else and that everyone else does stupid stuff.  But other people probably feel the same about us.  I do think that common sense is rightly named because it is what people have in common without being educated.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I would suggest that it referred to as common sense based upon the fact that mo0st people would tend to act/react in the same way when faced with the same problem or conflict. It is, essentially, the common way to interpret a situation and how to behave.

As for the changing of the terminology to "God-Given sense," one must understand that not all people believe in God and that it would, essentially, infringe in their own religious (or lack of religious) ideologies.

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Common sense generally refers to intellectual faculties that we don't necessarily gain through education, but rather share as people. Yet it is also shaped by culture and environment, and and when someone does something that doesn't conform to our culturally-conditioned sense of logic and reason, we say they lack common sense. It is, however, a matter of perspective.

I like what you said there and it's the same thing with calling sombody weird. I get called weird all the time and I don't get it because what is the meaning of normal. There isn't one so I see how my post was very flawed.

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