What is the difference? And which quality is paramount?
Logic is more of a thought process, using reason based on facts to arrive at a conclusion. Logic can be used to figure out complex ideas where the solution isn’t immediately clear.
Common sense is more ability to view reality. It is looking at something and reaching a conclusion that should be clear to everyone but often isn’t. Most of the time common sense relates to understanding consequences for an action. For example, looking both ways before crossing the street, or not touching a pot of boiling water.
I recently had an appointment with a nurse for a blood test. The lady was quite confused as she couldn’t see on my notes what she was meant to be testing for. So I explained, and basically repeated what the doctor told me to do a couple months ago. As I finished some supplements it was time for my bloods to be checked (as the Dr ordered). So then she searches for notes from about a couple of months ago. Then happily says “I’ve found it!”. Then sighs, followed with “you know, doctors are so clever, but they have absolutely no common sense”. She carries on by saying “They’re supposed to write on the computers exactly what tests they want us to carry out”.
I was quite taken aback by this whole situation as you’d imagine. But just awkwardly laughed it off. All I came for was a blood test and I was amongst all this drama! I couldn’t believe it. And how unprofessional her saying this in front of me was. And it got me thinking, I’ve come across a lot of doctors in my lifetime since I have multiple health conditions. And I’m not going to lie, in my mind I agreed with her.
I’ve rarely come across a doctor who knows they’re medications/conditions but also thinks practically. Most of the time you have to state what you think is wrong with you. Many times, I’ve literally had to search online what I think is wrong with me, and I really slim down all the conditions they show you online, to the most realistic one with the symptoms I have. And nine times out of ten, it’s right. Dr’s on numerous occasions have wrongly diagnosed, given me medication for ‘treatment’ that doesn’t work. Then I have to go back to them, for them to finally catch onto what the actual issue is.
It makes you think, is logic or common sense more important? I think for certain professions it’s very important to have a fair amount of common sense. Logic is crucial for certain jobs, like working in a lab. People can be so intelligent, but once you start to have a well rounded conversation, that’s where the gaps in knowledge show. Simplicity is sometimes underrated.
You know the type of people who don’t know how to do simple things, and they want your help for everything! Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone had a bit of both? Common sense and logic? The best of both worlds!
If someone tries to draw the curtains and they’re just making it come off the little hooks? Or even when someone switches on the iron without it having water in. Or when they try to cook meat which is straight from the freezer. Ughhhhhhh you just feel like saying USE YOUR BRAIN and your common sense!
I think it’d be hard to get through life without any common sense, as that’s one of the important factors of life. It also helps to keep you safe. Logic is equally as important but you don’t need it as much in ordinary everyday life. I’d say having no or very little common sense is hazardous in a way. Let’s say it’s heavily snowing outside and you decide to wear stilettos outside. It shows that you haven’t really thought about the danger that could follow.
But saying that, it’s crucial for doctors to be logical AND have a good amount of common sense. You are responsible for peoples lives and if you don’t act on certain symptoms, even if they don’t have every single sign of an illness, you do have to read between the lines. Sometimes medics have to be more thorough, and not always look through a medical book to guide them as to what to do and the next actions they should take. Imagine a surgeon having no common sense? They’re not operating on me that’s for sure!
If you had to ask me which is more significant, I think common sense just has the edge in life, but what do you think?
Would you trust a doctor that has no common sense? Which quality is more important logic or common sense? Have you had any experiences with people that lack in either department? Comment below!