Of Paine and Pain

Tom Paine had Common Sense and he and I think alike in describing the way things are. “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion,” Mr. Paine said it and I agree in principle on this practical approach. In 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, Common Sense contested the authority of the British government. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence. Mom always told me to use a little Common Sense so I thought I would try and get a little from Paine.

Tommy Paine, you make a lot of sense to me. What say you to people who don’t make sense?
To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

With you it seems to be all or nothing?

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.

Does modern society get it?

Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness.


What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.

So you fight when the cause is right.

When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir

As parents, we want to give our children everything they need but despite that we can’t live their lives for them can we?

“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.”

In my time, I find very few people who want to set aside time to explore the depths of the human experience and to associate with people of integrity rather than status.

Better fare hard with good men than feast with bad.
The embracing of that which I believe to be Truth is the goal of my life. Why is it so compelling?

Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.

Now my mood becomes sullen. Slavery is not dead. Not by a long shot, Mr. Paine. “It has been estimated by World Vision that two million children are enslaved in the global commercial sex trade. Here’s what they write. “Many of these children are either sold into prostitution to pay off family debts or forcibly recruited on the street to work in brothels, where they are required to have sex with as many as 30 men each day. Some prostituted children are just 5 years old. (And this next factoid really pisses me off.)
United States citizens are among those from several wealthy countries who exploit children trapped in the commercial sex trade and fuel a demand for younger children. Some Americans take advantage of prostituted children while traveling to impoverished countries for business, tourism and other legitimate reasons. Others travel abroad specifically for a “sex tour…Sex tourists travel to countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Mexico and Brazil, expecting anonymity, low-cost prostitution, easily accessible children and impunity from prosecution. Notably, it is estimated that one-third of the prostitutes in Cambodia are children.”( Slavery in the 21st Century/ World Vision)
Tom Paine had a tear rolling down his left cheek. He reached within himself to find something that would make sense after 200+ years and then he said those words which are as profound today as when they were first spoken.

“These are the times that try men’s souls.”

“Undeniably,” I whispered as my blood boiled with the same passion as freedom fighters in the past.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered;


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