Common Sense: The Scarcest of All Natural Resources

Generally, with the rise in literacy and income levels, the standard of living should go up. This is not so with the present society. Most people boast of having senses like the Knowledge sense, Money sense, Digital sense, Health sense, Dress sense, Civic sense, etc. However, they have little or no idea of Common sense, the vital aspect of the life. In fact, they will rebuke as ” What is it, Nonsense? Some might even search this on the Internet while few would equate it with the Google.

The educated people tend to display less of this sense than the illiterates. The human mind has become blunt with the advent of computers to the extent that people have almost lost their memory and mental capacities. For anything and everything, they seek the help of computer and Internet. A stage will come when man will not have any thinking and reasoning powers and will become slave of the digital devices(robots).

What is ‘Common Sense?

Merriam-Webster dictionary calls it as a sound judgment based on the mere perception of a situation or fact. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, it is the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment required to live in a reasonable and safe way. In short, it is a practical application of knowledge and mind to decide anything. This sense is different from common or general knowledge. A graduate might be good at general knowledge but lacking in common sense. However, there are school dropouts that exhibit great depth of common sense and administration skills.

Reasons for the poor level of common sense.

Ignorance about its value. In public places like the library, club, airport lounge, etc., some people have the habit of grabbing and keeping all the newspapers and magazines with them, least bothered about how other visitors will avail the common facility.

Selfishness for personal interest and convenience. When an individual changes the TV channels endlessly in search of his preference, the rest of the audience get frustrated. A money-conscious person will switch off the fans and lights in his home, but ignores the same at the office where he is not the owner. Politicians give attractive promises that cannot be implemented.

Casualness leads to a carefree approach. Acts like throwing the lit cigarettes, and spitting in the public places affect the safety of pedestrians. Rash driving, Using the cell phones while driving and walking, and the haphazard parking of the vehicles not only pose the traffic problem but endanger the lives of the self and others moving on the road.

Craziness for thrill and fame induce some towards adventurous things. Taking selfies in dangerous conditions such as the building rooftops, mountain cliffs, and running trains show the neglect for common sense. Walking on the steel ropes hung between the two buildings, Eating the poisonous insects are some examples of this.

Competition and responsibilities make many people forget common sense. When his father suffered a heart attack, the son hastily drove the car ignoring the traffic signal. To present a rosy picture of the business, the boss of a company tweaked the financial reports without a second thought, that the truth will be exposed one day. Some individuals mix the problems of office and home affecting the productivity and peace of mind.

Laziness is another reason behind the absence of common sense. Many people do not replace the objects in the place from where they picked up. In a housing society, some households leave their motorcycles in the buildings’ entrance blocking the common passage.

How to develop Common sense?

Some reliable methods are given here to improve common sense:

1) Launching a curriculum on Common sense at all levels of educational system

2) Sensitizing the masses about its importance through widespread publicity

3) Learning from the experiences of others by reading the write-ups like this article and the thoughts of others shared through print and digital media, and

4) Self-practice in all situations is the best of all.

The benefits of Common sense. It results in safety and security of life and helps in saving money, resources, efforts, and time. The most noteworthy benefit is the gain of peace and happiness to everyone in the second society.

Let wiser counsel prevail with common sense.

Is Survival A Natural Human Instinct?

The world is not a safe place. There are numerous natural and man-made disasters which affect individuals and groups of people daily. While human beings often die in these catastrophes, you will still hear amazing tales of unlikely survival. In simple terms, regular human beings are able to stay alive in the most extraordinary and unusual circumstances.

This phenomenon has happened countless times and continues to puzzle people. Is it the natural instinct of humans to keep living? Is determination the driving force for disaster survival? Why and what for do people fight so hard to survive? Why do some people survive under unlikely circumstances while others die in less dire situations?

The famous evolution expert, Charles Darwin, presented concrete evidence-based theories on the survival of creatures. This scientist proved in the 1800 that natural selection and survival are intertwined. Natural selection is a simple theory which emphasizes on one unshakable concept: only the strong survive.

Simply speaking, every form of life is exposed to constant danger because none is supreme in the food chain or over natural disasters. When a disaster strikes, the weakest in the population will die. The strong will continue living and passing on their genes to the next generation. As a result, the particular species is able to keep thriving and overcoming challenges. This simple concept of natural selection can help us understand if human beings really have a natural predisposition to keep surviving against all odds. In this short discussion, we will examine the human survival instincts which have managed to keep the species going for millenniums.

The most obvious hard-wired instinct for survival is manifested in form of the fight-or-flight response. This physiological reaction occurs if a person senses the threat to their survival or any harmful attack or event. As implied, this is a biological response which helps a person in adverse situations either fight or flee from the danger.

The reaction begins in the brain’s amygdala which in turn triggers the hypothalamus gland. This process is also followed by the secretion of the ACT hormone. This hormone triggers the adrenal glands to produce epinephrine or adrenaline and cortisol. When these biochemical secretions are released, they help the body prepare for violent muscle action.

In simple terms, the hormones will cause an acceleration of physiological functions which will be useful when fighting or fleeing. For example, heart and lung action will accelerate in order to supply the body with oxygen for muscle action. Metabolic resources such as stored glucose and fats will be liberated to provide sufficient energy. Awareness of the surroundings and vision also improves.

In general, the body will also limit the resources to parts of the body that are not required for immediate survival. For instance, digestion in the upper stomach and intestines will slow down or stop. There will be inhibition of tear and saliva production as well as the bladder might relax and other sphincter muscles will be affected.

When a person is in danger, the fight-or-flight response will kick in. Some people will have unusual strength to fight the source of peril while others will have the supernatural ability to flee from the scene. Often, this is known as hysterical strength because it goes beyond the normal bounds due to the specific situation. The fight and flight response is particularly valuable when fighting for family. For example, mothers will be able to lift a car when their children are in danger. A father will run into a flaming building despite the danger to save his family.

The concept of opposites attracting is more than a fancy theory. In a certain experiment, it was proven that people choose partners who will ensure the survival of their genes. Human beings are built differently at a genetic level, including their level of immunity. People with lower immunity are more prone to sickness and death in case of adverse situations.

If an individual chooses a partner with the same genetic code for immunity, their child is likely to be vulnerable to multiple diseases. In ideal circumstances, one will choose a partner with opposite or at least different immune strengths than them. This will allow their child to have a better chance of surviving when exposed to dangerous situations.

So, how do humans recognize the right partner? According to the BBC show Human Instinct, it is all in the nose. In their experiment, a man was exposed to the natural scent of six women, sight unseen. The smells that he found to be most appealing belonged to women who did not share the genes linked to the immune system. This phenomenon is designed to create the best family unit.

There are other intrinsic survival instincts which help individuals and the entire human race continue surviving. For example, human babies are born without any form of defense against threats to their existence. However, they are able to convey their needs by crying in different volumes and pitches to convey their desires. Also, babies have almost universal appeal to people because of their general cuteness and adorable. This phenomenon helps elicit a care-giving response in people ensuring their continued survival. It is theorized that cuter babies have an advantage in survival.

People are also hardwired to avoid poisonous foods which could threaten survival. As an adult, one has the ability to understand poison in a logical way, mostly. However, babies can only rely on instinct to determine what is safe. That is why babies will reject bitter food and choose sweet energy-giving foods.

Human instincts are designed to promote survival, but ultimately, our connections to family, children and other relations provide the strength to fight unbeatable odds.

Plan, prepare, protect, get through, hold on, hold out, make it, and keep body, soul and family together. You need a plan to prepare and to protect yourself and your family. Survival is our Strategy!”