In my wanderings around town lately I’ve found myself muttering a few choice words to myself and shaking my head in disbelief. I’ve taken the liberty of looking up the definitions of these words in the Marriam Webster Dictionary.
Let’s start with Oblivious. In the dictionary Oblivious means: lacking active conscious knowledge or awareness —usually used with of or to. My understanding of Oblivious is what a person is when they do not acknowledge or they refuse to pay attention to the people and things around them. The oblivious person is the person behind the wheel of a car with a cell phone to their ear, or who has to be in that coffee shop line up but not caring that they are blocking the flow of traffic. Oblivious is the person who doesn’t care that the sign at the express lane in a grocery store reads: 1-10 items or less, and still they fill that belt up with a week’s worth of groceries. Oblivious is also that big-mouthed friend we all have who doesn’t care that they are loud and obnoxious as long as someone is paying attention to them.
Obvious, in the dictionary, means: easily discovered, seen, or understood. Obvious are the signs that tell you how to drive in a round-about yet drivers are unable to keep their lanes and are unable to move within them safely. Obvious should be the fact that transport trucks need a lot of space and time to slow down and stop. Cutting them off is not only obviously stupid but also puts you in the oblivious category. It should also be obvious that tires, no matter their traction, can not remain on the surface of the road if the road is covered in a lot of water, snow or ice. Speed does effect performance on bad weather days.
Common sense, in the dictionary, means: sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts. I believe a person who uses their God-given common sense should be able to take into account the people around them, what they are doing and how they are affecting them. Common sense dictates that if you use prudent judgment you should know that blocking traffic to make our turn or to be in a lineup is not only stupid but down right selfish. Common sense also dictates that pretending to be oblivious is extremely redundant. It’s been done and now it’s become tiresome.