Thursday, October 26, 2017

Rationality of Common Sense

In human society, important factors are the common feelings and skills to communicate and build friendships. This common feeling often means common sense. A seminary professor in the Catholic Times begins his article in View from the Ark with these words on 'Rationality of Common Sense and Reason, and the Art of Consensus'.

Presently in society, we see much that doesn't make sense. Parents abandon their children so they can live alone, children kill their parents for failure to help them, using friendship to deceive another, lovers who fall out of love threaten and kill, blacklisting people with whom you don't agree to secretly push them out of society, buying people with money to do your will. These things, of course, have always been present in society, the mass media, the social network, and the smartphones have possibly just made it easier to access what is happening.

It's important to remember that much that determines common sense is not rational but public opinion, manipulated statistics and news and gossip. We have different ideologies pushed, refusal to dialogue, unconditionally criticizing others irrationally, makes a society that's not interested in common sense.

The German philosopher, Jurgen Habermas, emphasized that when we work searching for consensus and freed from ideologies we have a community that allows free discussion and rational dialogue. He believes that when you have an honest dialogue between persons who are equal and trust each other consensus can be reached without this thinking we have only violence.

Last year, society's common sense and through reasonable examination of the hidden long-standing irregularities and inconsistencies a change took place. "Righteous anger" was expressed peacefully as we learned the truth that was disguised and concealed. Coming up against the lies of long-held power we experienced what true freedom, justice, and peace were. Habermas's common sense and rational dialogue help us in the first step to solve the problems present with different opinions and values with constant dialogue and discussion.

According to the Samsung Economic Research Institute, Korea spends 27% of GDP per capita on conflict cost. Conflict is a part of every society but efforts are necessary to resolve them and they are not attained overnight. They must begin with the individual person. It begins in the family, the attitude of the parents and the children. Listen carefully to each other and from where each is coming. We learn perseverance, respect, and skills of persuasion, and  learn to communicate to coexist.

The Church needs the same skills. For the Christian, this should be more vital and important. If we as a Church are not open to dialogue, communication, fellowship, and common sense it's a sign we will have  problems in dealing with some long-standing evils.This is what Martin Luther was speaking about 500 years ago through the Reformation for renewal something we need to remember.