PM Quote of the Day — Gertrude Stein

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense

I had forgotten about this Gertrude Stein quote.  It appears particularly prescient given the data firehose that we’re all drinking from these days.

She was true to this spirit of promoting common sense in her writing as well.  Stein lived with and among the avant-garde of her day.  Her subjects and her life were less-than-conventional; however, her style was very accessible and pitched to the everyday reader.  Instead of trying to impress her readers with her sophistication, she focused on being “grounded and useful, not wistful or fantastic.”

For me, the balance between sophistication and common sense is very tricky to maintain.  My problem is that the more I know about the topic, the more I believe that my understanding of the topic resists the analysis and input of others.  In other words, I can become immune to common sense.


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