Common Sense to Compassion Sense

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What is Common Sense? Wikipedia defines it as ‘sound practical judgment concerning everyday matters, or a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge that is shared by (“common to”) nearly all people.’


There are times when I ponder ‘common sense’ and wonder if it really exists. Have a look at a stovetop. If there were a common/practical way to have the knobs that adjust specific hot plates all stovetops would have them in the same order, but they don’t. They are all different.   Then I think of what would be common thinking by those who are at the age of grandparents. They would tell you that you have to work hard to be successful or that humanity has a propensity for waring.


History would suggest to us that going to war has been a common way for humanity to settle differences or disputes, be they large or small. Again, those who are at the age of grandparents would be little more than once removed from war.   Their parents or perhaps another family member may have fought in a war or experienced the atrocities of it and sharing some of those stories.


Thankfully there is New Energy on the earth and we have the opportunity to change what we have known as ‘common sense’.   In the sixties, John Lennon was the dreamer. Perhaps in reality he was the seer, the prophet.   Take just two lines from his song, Imagine:

Imagine all the people living life in peace…

Imagine all the people sharing all the world

Consider for a moment how toddlers are accepting of each other. How mature they are about the feelings of other children.   How they openly support or hug another child. For that moment, they are sharing without restriction, without bias, without fear, without judgement.   In that moment they are in a state of compassion.


Compassion.     For me then, the new ‘common sense’ should become ‘Compassion Sense’. Imagine if our response to other people was driven by compassion. We don’t have to do that in a way that depletes us but just to show some support for another person. That is how we can start. Let us drop our bias, our fear and our judgement and for a moment show some kindness.   Then, to again quote John Lennon, the world can live as one.