Day 181: June 30 – The Rarest Commodity On Earth: Common Sense

The Artist’s Studio by Jean-Frederic Bazille

~ The Artist’s Studio by Frédéric Bazille


A painting of painters! The Artist’s studio is a depiction of Bazille’s own studio. In the painting are Manet, Monet, Renoir and the writer Emily Zola. The tallest figure in the painting is Bazille himself and was added into the painting by Manet after Bazille’s untimely early death.



There is only one constant preoccupation: I have throughout been anxious to discover how much we can be said to know and with what degree of certainty or doubtfulness.

~ Bertrand Russell



Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything, you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.

~ Bertrand Russell


What Happened

1520: Aztec Emperor Moctezuma is murdered by the Spanish conquistadors.

1934: Night of Long Knives as Adolf Hitler orders the purge of his own party members.

1936: Gone with the Wind is published by Margaret Mitchell.


Writer’s Addendum

Its really easy to fall prey to scepticism. Sceptic arguments can sound so convincing! You can always find an opposite opinion/argument of just about anything. “Nothing escapes human criticism,” said Sigmund Freud. 

So what to we rely on when we are sceptic about most of the things in our lives? Common sense?

Now we all know that common sense is not so common. And even in the most civilize societies you will find common sense a very rare commodity. But ask any passerby and you will find that everyone in the world is very well convinced that he has this rare commodity in abundance.

Common sense is really simple actually. The three principles of common sense are:

  1. Call a spade a spade;
  2. If you can’t see or feel something, it isn’t there;
  3. You exist – hunger proves that.

When in doubt, always look into the mirror and trust the judgment of the person staring at you.

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