Monday, September 17, 2007

(Un)Common Sense

After grossly oversimplifying security issues with virtualization by saying that a little common sense could go a long way towards solving problems, it was suggested that I had
"fallen prey to some slick-willie marketing somewhere that suggests that "...a little common sense" is out of beta and ready for production. ;)."
At first I thought that my accuser was nuts, common sense is hardly rare and is certainly in wide scale production. Then I thought about the split between my "hobby" friends and the corporate world, it started to come together. Everyone has their moments of brilliance and stupidity, but join me at the next NE Blacksmiths Fall meet and you will see people who exemplify creativity, problem solving and yes, common sense. And they are really nice folks, too. What is it about the business environment that seems to drive common sense out of so many people? I certainly don't have the answer, but I think there is often a lack of "big picture" vision as we all focus on our own tasks.

Alone at the anvil, you are responsible for your work. Maybe that's it, bigger organizations blur the responsibility. I don't know for sure, but I do know that common sense is out there, just not always as much as we would like.