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Tokugawa Ieyoshi was the 12th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan.

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Yoritomo-Tashi's

Common Sense How to Exercise It

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Announcement - Preface - Common Sense: What Is It? - The Fight Against Illusion - The Development of the Reasoning Power - Common Sense and Impulse - The Dangers of Sentimentality - The Utility of Common Sense in Daily Life - Power of Deduction - How to Acquire Common Sense - Common Sense and Action - The Most Thorough Business Man - Common Sense and Self-Control - Common Sense Does Not Exclude Great Aspirations - Contents -


 

LESSON VI

THE UTILITY OF COMMON SENSE IN DAILY LIFE

As our philosopher explains, the influence of common sense is above all appreciation of daily events. "We have," he continues, "very rarely in life the opportunity of making grave decisions, but we are called upon daily to resolve unimportant problems, and we can only do it in a judicious way, if we are allowed to devote ourselves to certain kinds of investigation.

"This is what may be called to judge with discrimination, otherwise, with common sense.

"Without this faculty, it is in vain that our memory amasses the materials, which must serve us in the comparative examination of facts.

"And this examination can only be spoiled by decrepitude, if common sense did not succeed in dictating its conclusions to us.

"Thanks to this faculty, we possess this accuracy of mind which permits us to discern truth from falsehood.

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