Limits to knowledge?
Human society operates at various levels of wisdom. There are various depths of awareness, perspectives and observations, and quantities and qualities of knowledge, discernment and religiously held views on what collective life is or should be.
There is also something often referred to as common sense, knowledge or wisdom not theory or supposition, but a type of understanding logically gained and agreed upon by most reasonable people. The sort of reasonableness we point out that our children should have after having made some mistake.
Democratic societies are expected to measure this super wisdom through a vote that measures the most commonly held sense of the majority of people voting. Our representatives then are expected to take action based on that measured collective wisdom.
However, our legislation emerges from within the voting processes developed by those who view their own beliefs as common sense. Often loyalty to a group’s collective belief of the notion of common sense is blinding when it come to judging the reality of that common sense.
Limited knowledge is the basis of most decisions made by individuals and when made collectively or put together this limited knowledge does not increase in significance or quality merely because it is held by a majority of voters nor when action is taken based on the collective limited knowledge of our representatives.
Our commonly held belief in “common sense” not only leads us to put our faith in representative government but in the way our society functions as a whole. “Common sense” supersedes all other forms of observations and derived knowledge, especially when it comes to the collective, society.