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"In those days there was no king in Israel; each man did that which was proper in his own eyes."  Judges 21:25
 
At first glance, this verse appears to describe a chaotic state of affairs, where in absence of a central authority everyone did as they pleased, however, this interpretation is incorrect. Everyone has common sense, which can reliably guide him to do right and avoid wrong. ("Do that which is proper and good." Deuteronomy 6:18) How do we know what is proper and good if the Torah does not specify it? It must be that we have an innate common sense. If so, why does the world seem so unjust? One reason might be that people do not act according to their own common sense, but rather according to what they think others might think of them.
 
When we stop behaving according to what we wish others to think, we might give our common sense a fighting chance. 
 
While people have common sense to lead them to do right and avoid wrong, they also face another obstacle that could cause them to stray from the correct path - the drive for immediate gratification. Seeking immediate gratification can mislead us like a bribe. The Torah accurately states that a bribe will blind the eyes of even the wise. (Deuteronomy 16:19) Thus, we only do what is proper when our "eyes" function well. Be on guard against temptations that may affect your sense of propriety and justice.
 
The Rebbe of Rhizin stated that we should go through life the way tightrope walkers maintain their delicate balance: when they feel a tug on one side, they lean toward the opposite side. When we feel tempted by something, our first reaction should be to steer ourselves away from it. Only then can we apply our common sense and decide what to do. Once we recognize and control our desire to impress others and our drive for immediate gratification, we will be able to exercise proper judgment.