The Myth of Common Sense: Part II

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If common sense is a myth, then there are practical changes in how we see the world once we stop believing the myth.  Here are a few examples of how we will need to look at the world differently.

  1. We cannot expect people to behave according to an innate system of morality. If a person or group of people has not been taught how to behave according to one set of beliefs over another, then their frame of reference is going to be different than those who have had this instruction. We are likely to be as ignorant of their upbringing as they are of ours.
  2. Thus, we cannot assume people know better. While it may be difficult to think outside of our own worldview, it is necessary to understand that most people think differently than we do. We cannot judge that a person is doing something wrong Read more