That is, the quantity which should inform people that sticking a finger into an electrical outlet, pretending to fall off the edge of a canyon, and eating five double cheeseburgers and three large orders of fries in an hour are all unwise things to do. Sadly, judging by the evidence, there is nothing less common in this world.
I can't recall what brought this to mind as a possible blog topic for the day, but now that I'm well started on it, O readers, you wouldn't want to stop me, would you? (This is the part where I plug my ears in case you yell "Yes we would!") So, a few other things that common sense would seem to indicate, but apparently does not.
1. If there is an item in your workplace that you use regularly, it might behoove you to learn how to perform basic maintenance on this item, and to do so. For instance, if there is a large printer, and you print many documents, knowing where paper and toner and staples go, and replacing them from time to time, seems prudent.
2. A person who works to help you is not necessarily your servant. Treating this person with courtesy, such as using the terms "Please" and "Thank you", and understanding that no matter how many times you ask them, they remain unable to violate the laws of physics or economics in your favor, is greatly appreciated by all.
3. Along these same lines: long ago, evil aliens seeded the atmosphere of Earth with nano-machines which inhibit the inherent telepathic abilities of humanity. Until we achieve the technological level necessary to detect and disable these machines, communicating your needs clearly in spoken and written language is helpful.
4. If you were hired to do a certain set of tasks on the understanding that you would be paid a certain amount of money, handing off some of these tasks to other people, declaring that they are "beneath you" or that you "can't be bothered", or simply ignoring them until they become moot, is both unbecoming and just a bit unethical.
5. Do not assume that a person can always provide miracles on cue. If someone has said to you, "You're very lucky", or "This doesn't happen every day", or "I can't do this for everyone", please do them the courtesy of believing them. Alternately, if you're the provider, don't use those phrases to get out of work you just don't feel like doing.
Am I a frustrated author and secretary? Oh, perhaps a tad. But still, O readers, I think you will have to admit that the rules listed above are plain, simple, common sense. Which explains why so many of my colleagues here at dear old Glass Bathroom Bank (name changed because I'm not an idiot) are completely unacquainted with them.
So, that little vent over with, I can perhaps get on with the business of the day, namely, providing refined carbohydrates and caffeine to the hungry and thirsty office workers of America, or at least of a certain floor of a certain office building in Pittsburgh. Thanks for reading, and watch for tomorrow's Fiction Friday post!