Common sense or a hammer to the head

Common sense tells us a lot of the things that weíre suppose to know in life. Like donít touch the hot pan on the top of the stove, donít stick your finger in an electrical socket, donít do stupid things that will undoubtedly get you into trouble with people everywhere and that some things just arenít worth having. Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of people were born without the common sense most of us have today and never picked it up throughout their lives.

On Saturday, I was working at my house, trying to pull a small shelf off the wall. However, the shelf was held on with nails the size of tennis balls, and during the process, I inadvertently smacked myself in the face with the hammer. It hurt, a lot, but I learned a lesson, and now I know Iíll make sure Iím securely out of the range of that hammer.

Unfortunately, it seems like many people donít get those easy lessons. Instead, they continue to stay in the same place and repeatedly let that hammer smack them right in the face.

If all the politicians who continue to get caught up in political scandals isnít enough proof for you, I heard another story yesterday that screamed for the interference of common sense.

Wal-Mart, a giant multi-billion dollar corporation sued an employee to recoup medical expenses her company insurance policy had paid after she was hit by a vehicle, leaving her severely brain damaged. After the woman was awarded $1 million in a legal settlement in connection to the accident, Wal-Mart sued the woman and her family so they could recoup their expenses.

Whereís the common sense (or compassion for that matter) in that? Wal-Mart has billions of dollars. The woman has only what was left of her settlement and will never be able to work again, so who really needs the money?

In all fairness, the corporation did reverse their decision after the court awarded them the remainder of the womanís settlement, due to the barrage of negative feedback they received, but if they couldnít have seen that coming, I guess they really needed that hammer to the face moment.

Even much larger issues like the issues with foreign oil or the economy can be figured out pretty easily if we just use common sense. For instance, if there is a limited supply of oil, everybody should probably do their best to use less of it and find another way to get around so theyíre ready when it does run out. Obviously that doesnít solve the bigger issue of finding alternative energy sources, but itís a lot smarter than paying more and more for less and less of a product, so that by the time itís gone, you have no alternatives and no money to find alternatives.

It works for the economy too. If you donít have enough money to buy something, it makes a lot more sense to save your money for a while then it does to buy it anyway and hope you find a way to continue making the payments, which will now include an insanely high amount of interest. And, donít worry, if all of this isnít clear yet, just wait. Iím sure that hammer will be coming around for another swing pretty soon.

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