While reading the latest news about the three Americans, Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd, I can’t help but think, “Where was their common sense”? Yes…common sense, defined as good judgment: sound practical judgment derived from experience rather than study.
All three graduated from U.C. Berkley in California: Shane’s degree is in “Peace and Conflict Studies”, Josh’s degree, “Environmental Economics and Policy”, and he taught “sustainable living skills”, and Sarah’s, I’m not sure, but must be teaching, as she was teaching “English” while living in Damascus.
What do these degrees teach people about the real world? They all had ideals about how the world should be, peaceful, with human rights, everyone living in harmony, and so on. That all sounds fine and dandy….but unfortunately, that’s just not how it is.
I find myself wondering about how they were raised…..by hippies? That is kind of how it sounds to me. Raised by parents who told them they could change the world, make it a better place. Again, that sounds great too, but you also have to teach naive young people, that there are some things that cannot be changed so well.
A great example, look at the radical Muslims. We have been in a battle with a culture that has lived the same way for eons. They don’t want change, they believe our liberties and our way of life is evil. They are taught to destroy the infidel.
Did they ever watch the news? Everyday there is something about people getting caught in these radical backwards countries (like Iran, North Korea), and anyone with any common sense can figure out, those aren’t the best places to “wander” around in, no matter how good your intentions are.
Side note: I know people who NEVER watch the news….because in their words, “It is too depressing”. How lame is that?
Do I feel bad for them? Of course I do. But please, there is something to be learned from this: There are evil people in the world, who don’t care about freedom, rights, personal rights, or justice. Use your common sense (and maybe watch the news every once in awhile).