“Common” Sense?

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“Common” Sense? – 7 November 2006

Galileo Galilei – who was born in 1564 and who died in 1642 – is credited with having said,

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”

Today is Election Day, when citizens are going to the polls to vote for those whom they want to represent them. A lot of unpleasantness has led up to this day of reckoning, and I wonder how many people are using their God-given “sense, reason, and intellect” (as Galileo so aptly expressed it) in their decisions.

No matter how “scientific” and “objective” humans like to think they are in their decision-making, the emotions have a way of creeping in. Common sense is really not very common.
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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