Common Problem


I have a scientific theory that I’m publishing for the first time in this blog.

It was inspired by the recent discovery of gravitational waves. The ability to detect these waves means that astronomers will be able to look further into space than ever before. Gravitational waves travel at the speed of light, which means scientists will be able to see further back in time, maybe as far back as to just after the Big Bang.

The Big Bang theory describes how, 13.8 billion years ago, the universe was created when a super-dense thing called a singularity exploded. Everything in the universe comes from that material, it’s just really spread out now and although it may change its state, it never leaves the universe.

Dinosaurs may be extinct but the stuff that made them is still here. It’s now dirt and fossils and in fossil fuels. When fossil fuels are burned, they still exists in the universe as gases and energy, ancient forests become diamonds. Everything in the universe, including us, is made up of fragments of the Big Bang explosion. As Joni Mitchell sang in her song ‘Woodstock’, “We are stardust…”

If nothing new is being created and all the stuff in the universe is just being shared around and re-cycled, the same thing must be true about one of the universe’s basic elements, common sense.

The generation older than me seemed to have it in abundance, my generation seem to have it’s fair share but the younger generation don’t seem to have much of it at all.

When adults were asked in a 2000 Gallup Youth Survey if, “young people today have more common sense than young people did, say, 25 years ago,”  A solid majority, 66%, said that young people today do not have as much common sense as those 25 years ago. Adult confidence in the sensibility of modern youth seems to have decreased drastically in the past 50 years.

My theory is that this downward trend is caused by the continuing increase in the world’s population. Right now there are 7 billion people on earth. For the last 50 years, world population has multiplied more rapidly than ever before. In 1950, the world had 2.5 billion people, in 2005, the world had 6.5 billion people. By 2050, this number could rise to more than 9 billion.

Common sense is not a by-product of reactions with other elements, it’s a basic element of it’s own. No more common sense is being created, it’s a finite resource. As the population increases the sum total of common sense in the universe remains the same, it’s just divided between more humans so each person gets less. The more the population increases, the less common sense each person has.

That’s why people are suing fast food companies for spilling coffee on themselves, scaffolding tubes are now padded in case you walk into them and EVERYTHING has a warning label on it stating the bleeding obvious!

My theory then, is that common sense is becoming less common.

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