Many have attempted to define “common sense,” so I figured… why not?
Ideally, “common sense” would be something that was, well… common. That means most people have it. I’m not sure how much “common sense” is left in this country, so it may have morphed a bit into a nostalgic romantic ideal. A sort of way of thinking that seems to have passed us by.
Some will tell you “common sense” is gone because we tend to over-think or over-engineer everything. We have too much time on our hands, and we make all sorts of assumptions that usually end up not correct and only making things worse.
Another aspect of “common sense” is that it can’t be learned, because the title suggests it’s innate. Most of us (common) just have it.
Given all that, I think my definition of “common sense” is this:
Drawing a conclusion based on evidence presented right before your eyes and unencumbered by your public or college education.
I think this definition also helps us all start figuring out why many believe “common sense” is dying and how we may go about reviving it.