After faithfully reading Dear Abby’s column through at least the last dozen years, I have become totally convinced of the truth of an old saying that says, common sense is the most uncommon thing there is.
Part of the problem in our age is too much emphasis in our culture on how people feel about a human situation, not what do they think about it. Yes, of course, we humans have emotional reactions to our life experiences. At the time, these reactions may seem to be of primary importance. Nevertheless, until we have learned to recognize what is a temporary emotion and what is a permanent fact, we will not be able to think logically (with common sense) about any human situation.
I have found Abby’s answers nearly always to be packed with common sense.