Ok, I could use a little help here. My boyfriend and I had a rather, for lack of a better term, heated discussion last night regarding common sense. He feels that it’s a trait that either you have, or you don’t and it can’t be learned. I say it’s something that is learned and not an inherent trait in people. I gave him an example… I asked him who he felt would last longer if they were to become ship wrecked on a deserted island and had to rely on common sense to survive. A person who, for example, was raised on a farm and was capable of forging for food or a wealthy socialite, raised in a high rise with maids and servants at their beck and call. Needless to say, he felt that it would depend on the person and the amount of common sense they had before they became ship wrecked. Now, I agree with that, but I was still putting my money on the farmer. But, then I got to thinking on my way to work this morning that my answer may be wrong. The farmer has learned “skills” that will enable him to survive not so much, common sense. But I still believe that someone who has had to work for things in there life and therefore have been forced to use more common sense would stand a better chance of surviving.
Now, I have to mention… he has a Masters in Statistics and Masters in Quality Management so he’s a graph and numbers kind of guy. He’s looking for numbers/statistics to back this up. I told him I wasn’t sure if I could produce that for him but maybe the Teeming Millions could help me get a better feel for who may be right and who may be wrong with their responses. Or, if we are both right in our arguments. Then, as he looked at me with that “deer caught in the headlight” stare, I had to explain who the Teeming Millions were. After explaining that, he’s dying to hear the responses as I am too.