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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
COMMON SENSE - Historically Speaking
Today let us turn our eyes toward events of the past. Our forefathers fought and thousands upon thousands of lives were dutifully sacrificed in battle after battle that led to American independence ultimately being won. In 1776, colonists stood at the crossroads of freedom vs. tyrrany. Early in that year, Common Sense by Thomas Paine "challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain."
The challenges of today are similar to those of yesterday, except today the fight is to maintain that freedom. Are America's freedoms, liberty and justice simply being taken for granted, totally expected, but not truly appreciated without consideration of the sacrifices made by our forefathers? Now, in the 21st century, shouldn't the words of Thomas Paine still ring true or has common sense been laid to rest amidst the bones and dust of our forefathers?
Think about it! As I rest the matter on the words of Thomas Paine, focus on who are the Whigs and Tories of today. . .
"On these grounds I rest the matter. . .WHEREFORE, instead of gazing at each other with suspicious or doubtful curiosity, let each of us hold out to his neighbor the hearty hand of friendship, and unite in drawing a line, which, like an act of oblivion, shall bury in forgetfulness every former dissension. Let the names of Whig and Tory be extinct; and let none other be heard among us, than those of a good citizen, an open and resolute friend, and a virtuous supporter of the RIGHTS of MANKIND, and of the FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES OF AMERICA."