Common Sense, How To Exercise It
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explains common sense, its application in everyday life and how to make the most out of it.
The writer portrays common sense as the sound judgment of mankind and a composite of perception, memory, thought, alertness, deduction, foresight, reason and judgment.
He teaches how to develop common sense to the highest degree possible and get it to work for you in your life.
Readers are shown how to overcome impaired understanding, enhance their judgment, live sensibly and succeed in all the pursuits in life.
I. Common Sense: What Is It?
II. The Fight Against Illusion
III. The Development of the Reasoning Power
IV. Common Sense and Impulse
V. The Dangers of Sentimentality
VI. The Utility of Common Sense in Daily Life
VII. Power of Deduction
VIII. How to Acquire Common Sense
IX. Common Sense and Action
X. The Most Thorough Business Man
XI. Common Sense and Self-Control
XII. Common Sense Does Not Exclude Great Aspirations
Excerpt from the book, Common Sense, How To Use it:
"If, as one frequently sees, an idea be unacceptable because of having been presented before those belonging to a particular environment, common sense, by applying its laws, will recognize that the point of view must be changed before the idea can become acceptable."
And again, Yoritomo calls our attention to a peculiar circumstance.
"Common sense," he says, "is the art of resolving questions, not the art of posing them.
"When taking the initiative it is rarely on trial.
"But the moment it is a case of applying practically that which ingenuity, science or genius have invented, it intervenes in the happiest and most decisive manner.
"Common sense is the principle element of discernment.
"Therefore, without this quality, it is impossible to judge either of the proposition or the importance of the subject.
"It is only with the aid of common sense that it is possible to distinguish the exact nature of the proposition, submitted for a just appreciation, and to render a solution of it which conforms to perfect accuracy of interpretation.
"The last point is essential and has its judicial function in all the circumstances of life. Without accuracy, common sense can not be satisfactorily developed, because it finds itself continually shocked by incoherency, resulting from a lack of exactness in the expression of opinions."
If we wish to know what the principal qualities are which form common sense, we shall turn over a few pages and we shall read:
"Common sense is the synthesis of many sentiments, all of which converge in forming it.
"The first of these sentiments is reason.
"Then follows moderation.
"To these one may add:
"The faculty of penetration;
"The quality consistency.
"Then, wisdom, which permits us to profit by the lessons of experience.
"A number of other qualities must be added to these, in order to complete the formation of common sense; but, although important, they are only the satellites of those we have just named.
"Reason is really indispensable to the projection of healthy thoughts.
"The method of reasoning should be the exhaustive study of minute detail, of which we shall speak later.
"For the moment we shall content ourselves by indicating, along the broad lines of argument, what is meant by this word reason.
"Reasoning is the art of fixing the relativeness of things.
"It is by means of reasoning that it is possible to differentiate events and to indicate to what category they belong.
"It is the habit of reasoning to determine that which it is wise to undertake, thus permitting us to judge what should be set aside.
"How could we guide ourselves through life without the beacon-light of reason? It pierces the darkness of social ignorance, it helps us to distinguish vaguely objects heretofore plunged in obscurity, and which will always remain invisible to those who are unprovided with this indispensable accessory--the gift of reasoning.
"He who ventures in the darkness and walks haphazard, finds himself suddenly confronted by obstacles which he was unable to foresee.
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