Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Common Sense

I am reading Thomas Paine's Common Sense, and feel the need to mention it to my three or four readers. This Pamphlet, written in 1776, could stand today, very easily. There are so many quotes, so many situations that fit the world as it is right now, but I will not quote them all. I will, however, paste one here, one that was directed to the Quakers of 1776 and can be directed to the peace movement today:


"We fight neither for revenge nor conquest; neither from pride nor passion; we are not insulting the world with our fleets and armies, nor ravaging the globe for plunder. Beneath the shade of our own vines are we attacked; in our own houses, and on our own lands, is the violence committed against us."


Anyone with any common sense should be able to see that we do not fight for oil, we do not fight for colonization, we fight for our future, and if we lose, there will be no future.


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