“Common sense is not so common” stated Voltaire – similar to Cicero's common sense statement that there's more common than sense statement. Michio Kaku mentioned recently that the human brain is one hundred thousand years old, and that only shows to go that man sure hasn't learned much in all that time.
Okay, I understand that common sense may differ among the various peoples, but much of common sense is, or should be a common attribute – once you know that putting a hand in fire will cause pain and damage – your prefrontal cortex should have that information stored so you do not make the same movement again – unless, of course, whatever impels you to burn yourself again overrides any amount of common sense you may have.
Burning one's hand is the proper analogy for what government, business, and ordinary citizens repeatedly do when it comes to security. In today's world political correctness is the 'burn one's hand' equivalent of lack of common sense. President Obama and other senior government officials refuse to state that world terrorism (which is the current form of international warfare conducted by those who seek to destroy our system of law and life ) is carried out by those who want to bring all 7.5 billion people on this planet under control of fundamental Islam.
I know that various Muslum groups and spokesmen declare that Islam is a religion
of peace, that the radical Islamists do not represent true Islam/Muslum belief;
but let me quote what Muhammad said, as stated in Reza Aslan's “No god but God”
“Do not argue with the People of the Book – apart from those individuals who act unjustly towards you – unless it is in a fair way” (pp.101 ¶ 1)(emphasis added). The emphasized section is one which, I would opine, demands a common sense interpretation. Unfortunately, what may be common sense to one group may not be common sense to another (e.g. those who don't want to burn their hand again v. those who don't mind burning their hand). Those of us here in America, and our Western counterparts, should find that admonition somewhat disturbing since they provide causation for attack against anyone who is believed to be acting unjustly towards you (Islam).
This section may explain why Islamic fundamentalists kill Muslums as well as non-believers, and why any form of free speech is considered a dangerous weapons in the hands of non- believers. So does cozying up to those Islamic sects, such as it appears Obama, Holder, and others in the current administration attempt to do, show a lack of common sense? Unless those who will recognize the dangers we face from a lack of strength against our common enemy have had lobotomies, therefore removing the ability to recognize that which common sense would warn them, there can only be the belief that their common sense tells them all is lost, and it's time to go over to the other side.
A much as we would all like to believe, the days of niceties are currently behind us – the new Golden Rule has to be “Do Unto Others As They Would Do Unto You”. (1-5-15)
When I read the other day that a fatwah was published against building a snowman, it brought back the memory of the Taliban destruction of the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan. As was originally reported "An adviser to the Taliban leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, Mr. Rahmatullah gave for the first time here the Taliban's version of events: how a council of religious scholars ordered the statues destroyed in a fit of indignation.
The destruction, according to his account, was prompted last month when a visiting delegation of mostly European envoys and a representative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization offered money to protect the giant standing Buddhas at Bamian, where the Taliban was engaged in fighting an opposition alliance.
Other reports, however, have said the religious leaders were debating the move for months, and ultimately decided that the statues were idolatrous and should be obliterated."
For Islam, this action was no big surprise. When Muhammed was in Mecca, and entered the Ka'ba, he swept away all of the different god-idols in the building; after all, Muhammed admired and believed in the monotheism of the Jews. The 2nd and 3rd of the Ten Commandments states that "Thou shallt not have no other gods before me" and "Thou shallt make unto thee any graven image". Apparently, as for the snowman fatwah, a snowman is a graven image...Another point of some interest is the Christian(?) admonition of "turning the other cheek". Jesus of Nazereth expressed this idea in reference to "members of your family"; since, like other messiahs of the time, he was a revolutionary against the Romans (particularly since he understood that the twelve tribes of Israel had to be once again so that the Kingdom of God would come about), that admonition would not, and did not, apply to the Roman government. I would believe that this was another concept Muhammed borrowed.
And as far as women's clothing, the use of the full body covering stems from the time of Muhammed when he covered his women so that when men who visited from being in the desert for a long time would not be attracted to the many women in the household, which was probably a good idea at the time. A practical, but I do not believe a particularly religious concept. (1-16-15) More at Common Sense 2