On the need of common sense, as a counter to ideology and the groundless thinking of our time. Reflections inspired by Samuel Johnson, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton.
Two men crossing a stream by night. The first is barefoot, wearing cloak and walking stick and crosses safely, while the second one, who is elegantly dressed and gazes dreamily in the sky, is about to step in the water with shoes and stockings; representing Common sense and Genius. Etching by C. Heath after T. Stothard. by Thomas Stothard – 1820 – Wellcome Collection, United Kingdom – CC BY.