I was thinking more about the Facebook ads from yesterday, and this somehow integrated itself into a topic that Stephan and I have been discussing for some time now: the death of common sense.
That is to say, I don’t know if it’s even sporting to make fun of people anymore for making ads that don’t make sense, or for being a bonehead musician, or for driving around in a car with the alarm going off, or really, for doing anything that doesn’t make sense, because honestly, I don’t think “common sense” is common anymore. It saddens me to say this, but it looks like “thinking things all the way through/ considering the consequences of your actions” is becoming the exception rather than the norm.
This must be the case, otherwise how am I able to take pictures like this one on such a very regular basis?
You wouldn’t think you would need to actually tell this guy “Hey, this is not a good idea—that stack of slippery, plastic-wrapped mattresses is too high, and one of them will undoubtedly fall off, causing an accident,” but….here we are.
I can’t even begin to conceive of the sheer quantity of bad decisions that led this person to be on the road. Sometimes I see things like this, and I wonder—did this person not have parents to tell them, along the course of life “That will not work,” or “That is a bad idea”? I wonder this all the time, actually, when I see people with, for example, tattoos on their faces. Really—no adult in your life made it clear that it is generally NOT COOL to tattoo your face? My parents generally were very good at making me consider all the possible outcomes of my decisions, which I believe has served me well in life.
I know this makes me sound all old and not hip, but I also kind
of feel this way about that teacher who was recently in the news for losing her
job because she did porn at one point in her past. In case you’re curious, here’s a link to a
story about her and how she got fired from her job as a middle school teacher
and lost her appeal to get her job back.
The school board says she covered up her past (no pun intended, but
still funny), she says she’s trying to be a good example now for people who
have changed their lives, and, no lie, last month this very person/ subject
sparked a debate on my Facebook page that went on for 61 comments over several
days,. It was a very heated discussion
that involved opinions about discrimination, women’s empowerment, choices, the
I don’t usually like to argue on the internet, nor do I care to host arguments, but I posted the article because I was torn on the subject and I wanted to hear the varying opinions of my smart friends, and I was not disappointed. Even after 61 comments, though, I keep going back to this gut feeling that I have that this teacher simply lacks common sense, because people with common sense know that choosing a life where they make adult entertainment is going to limit their choices in the future, right?
RIGHT? Or, is this another example of how common sense is just on the way out? I kind of feel like, if that woman wanted to pay her way through school (or whatever she was paying for) by selling her body, common sense should have told her that she could be a stripper, and no one would have been the wiser. But, she wasn’t a stripper, dude. She did porn. PORN, which she could see was being filmed, and everyone knows that what’s on film / the internet stays around forever. I think she is trying to have it both ways, and I’m just not buying it. I would even go so far as to wonder aloud-- with common sense on the wane, do we need a person who clearly lacks this quality teaching in our public schools?
I know! I sound so mean. Feel free to leave your comments on “the sad state of common sense.”