Freedom Series 1 – An Uncommon Sense

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Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes us POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first a patron, the last a punisher.

Here then is the origin and rise of government; namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here too is the design and end of government, viz. freedom and security.

I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature, which no art can overturn, viz. that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered; and the easier repaired when disordered.

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Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT… our calamity is heightened by reflecting that WE furnish the means by which we suffer.

Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.

It is the good fortune of many to live distant from the scene of sorrow; the evil is not sufficient brought to their doors to make THEM feel the precariousness with which all (Indian) property is possessed.

Men of passive tempers look somewhat lightly over the offences of (Politicians in power) and still, hoping for the best, are apt to call out, “COME, COME, WE SHALL BE FRIENDS AGAIN, FOR ALL THIS.” But examine the passions and feelings of mankind, Bring the doctrine of reconciliation to the touchstone of nature, and then tell me, whether you can hereafter love, honour, and faithfully serve the power that hath carried fire and sword into your land? Your future connection with (your politicians), whom you can neither love nor honour will be forced and unnatural, and being formed only on the plan of present convenience, will in a little time fall into a relapse more wretched than the first.

But if you say, you can still pass the violations over, then I ask, Hath your house been burnt? Hath your property been destroyed before your face! Are your wife and children destitute of a bed to lie on, or bread to live on? Have you lost a parent or a child by their hands, and yourself the ruined and wretched survivor! If you have not, then are you not a judge of those who have.

This is not inflaming or exaggerating matters, but trying them by those feelings and affections which nature justifies, and without which, we should be incapable of discharging the social duties of life, or enjoying the felicities of it. I mean not to exhibit horror for the purpose of provoking revenge, but to awaken us from fatal and unmanly slumbers, that we may pursue determinately some fixed object.

But if you have, and still can shake hands with the murderers, then are you unworthy of the name of husband, father, friend, or lover, and whatever may be your rank or title in life, you have the heart of a coward, and the spirit of a sycophant.

It is repugnant to reason, to the universal order of things, to all examples from former ages, to suppose, that this (country) can longer remain subject to any external power.

And a government which cannot preserve the peace, is no government at all, and in that case we pay our money for nothing;

“The science” says … “of the politician consists in fixing the true point of happiness and freedom. Those men would deserve the gratitude of ages, who should discover a mode of government that contained the greatest sum of individual happiness, with the least national expense.”For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law OUGHT to be King; and there ought to be no other.

Common sense will tell us, that the power which hath endeavoured to subdue us, is of all others the most improper to defend us.

The rich are in general slaves to fear, and submit to courtly power with the trembling duplicity of a Spaniel. Youth is the seed time of good habits, as well in nations as in individuals.

Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.

Here is idolatry even without a mask: And he who can calmly hear, and digest such doctrine, hath forfeited his claim to rationality an apostate from the order of manhood; and ought to be considered as one, who hath not only given up the proper dignity of man, but sunk himself beneath the rank of animals, and contemptibly crawl through the world like a worm.

In short, Independence is the only BOND that can tye and keep us together. We shall then see our object, and our ears will be legally shut against the schemes of an intriguing, as well, as a cruel enemy.

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O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her— Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.

SOURCE: Excerpts from – Common Sense by Thomas Paine, Waxkeep Publishing, Kindle Edition

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

1-4 Paine, Thomas (p. 3)
5 Paine, Thomas. pp. (16-17)
6-10 Paine, Thomas.(p. 23)
11- Paine, Thomas (p. 24)
12 – Paine, Thomas  (p. 28)
13-14 – Paine, Thomas (p. 30)
15 – Paine, Thomas (p. 36)
16 – Paine, Thomas (p. 38)
17 – Paine, Thomas (p. 40)
18 – Paine, Thomas (p. 44)
19 – Paine, Thomas (p. 49)

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Paine, Thomas. Common Sense (p. 36)

NOTE: Words in Paragraphs changed from original

About Thomas Paine

On cults

“There is no logical explanation other than faith”

 – Church of Scientology

“Patriotism is nothing but loyalty to real estate. Real estate that has been conquered 800 different times by 800 different regimes with 800 different cultures. But each time, it’s just the best. “

–Dr Gregory House, House M.D. Season 8, Episode 4 0

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Justice on Independence

PM ignores judicial appointments; CJI’s caustic response

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Disappointed that the independence day speech completely ignored Judicial Appointments and transfers causing huge backlogs in the justice system, Chief Justice of India had this to say to Prime Minister Modi:

 

Gul fenke auron par, samar bhi

E abr-e-karam, e-behr-e-sakha, kuch to idhar bhi

Translation:

You offered both fruits and flowers to others

O cloud of beneficence, wave of friendship, do bestow something on us

 

The cloud of beneficience, just wafted away….

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What a Piece of Work is Da Man! A Shakespearean Ode to Trump

This April 23rd, was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Inevitably, Stratford-on-Avon, went berserk in it’s own unique, British way.

Dame Judi Dench appeared to recite a few of her favourite Bard lines; Ian McKellen did guided bus tours for Londoners; and a new virtual reality game based on the Bard’s lines was released.

But one thing that really caught my eye was called, BREAKING BARD- Ruining Shakespeare for Fun

800px-william_shakespeare_160921I have to say, only the Brits can do
this kind of thing with a decency
that doesn’t push people of a certain age
to hemorrhage with apoplectic rage.

I tried to imagine how the Americans would do something like this. They ruin stuff for a living.

The only serious American news worth watching is now in the hands of immigrant comics like John Oliver and Trevor Noah. And all comic television,  is in the hands of what Trump calls the “birthers” – Fox News, CNN, ABC – the whole alphabet soup of it.

It then struck me, that the birthers are actually breaking the bard in their own inimitably serious and dedicated style.

So here’s a 22nd century Shakespearean Ode To Trump’s America. If the Bard turns in his grave, I can only apologize and say: we wish we were there with you.

See if you remember the originals

What’s in a name Osama? It’s OBama you idiot. And in it is my social security number, credit history and licence to stay in America, fool.


T’is neither here nor there. Nor anywhere… I made it up.


The fool doth think he is wise. What’s more, he thinks he’s the leader of the free world


Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness bought for them.


What a piece of work is Da Man!


Brevity is the soul of whim


All the world’s a stage. And I own it


If you bomb us, do we not explode? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not jihad?


But hate is blind and haters cannot see, the petty follies that they themselves commit


Tempt not a desperate man. He doesn’t understand, No means No


A little more than king, a little less than kind


To see or not to see: that is the question


Having nothing, nothing can we choose


The world has gone so bad, the wrens make orange toupees where eagles dared not perch


Every man has his faults. And honestly, he is his.

Original Quotes


What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet — Romeo and Juliet. Act II, Scene II


 T’is neither here nor there — Othello Act IV, Scene III


 The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool — As You Like It. Act V, Scene I


Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them — Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene 


What a piece of work is Man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! — Hamlet Act II, Scene II


Brevity is the soul of wit — Hamlet Act II Scene II


All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players — As You Like It. Act II, Scene VII


If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? — Merchant of Venice, Act III, Scene I


But love is blind and lovers cannot see, the pretty follies that they themselves commit — Merchant of Venice, Act II


Tempt not a desperate man — Romeo and Juliet Act V. Scene III


A little more than kin, less than than kind — Hamlet Act I, Scene II


To be or not to be: that is the question–Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1


 Having nothing, nothing can he lose — King Henry VI, Act III, Scene III


The world has gone so bad, the wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch – Richard III, Act I, Scene III


Everyman has his faults. And honesty is his – Timon of Athens, Act III, Scene I


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Passing thoughts…

Outposts of the mind - passing thoughts - saritax.com
  • Both sides agree, War is the language of Peace

 

  • Skepticism makes for a good scientist. Cynicism for a lazy democrat

 

  • All fascists believe in salting the earth. Psychopaths do too. If not mine, better dead than alive…

 

  • Mistaking aphorisms for truth, may be the hallmark of the twitter-age literati

 

  • We are all prisoners of war. Some wars are being fought against us. Some, we are fighting against the world.

 

  • The problem with flesh and blood people is, they don’t have a click-to-close button

 

 

 

 

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