This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The illusion of common sense

 “Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.”

~ H.L. Mencken

Common sense, as we understand it, ceased to exist when good sense ceased to be common. Good sense was always a thing taught and never, as the humanists assumed, an inborn talent present in all men always. From our anti-humanist point of view, then, there are common mistakes, common confusions, and common prejudices, but there is no such thing as common sense. People could avoid a great deal of exasperation if they acknowledged this reality from the start, for it seems that much of our anger and alienation is, at its source, the frustrated expectation that my neighbor ought to agree with my opinion on some matter because it appears to me that my opinion is a matter of precisely this kind of common sense. We cannot accept that our common sense is flatly denied, despite encountering this every day.

In fact, if common sense is taken to mean ‘what the majority of people consider to be obviously true,’ then we might have to say that it is common sense (at least in some countries) that unborn children are not children at all, and that a union between two men is the same as one between two opposite genders.

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