thomas paine

thomas paine

THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS: Michael Anthony Peroutka

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“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right…” So wrote Thomas Paine in a pamphlet called Common Sense, which caused quite a stir back in 1775. It is widely believed that Thomas Paine’s philosophy greatly aided the cause of American Independence with a logic and a passion that aroused public opinion to hot anger and a firm resolve to resist English tyranny. But please take note: Paine did not say that a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong made that thing right. He said it gave it a superficial appearance of being right. The point here is that no matter how long you have been doing a wrong thing, it is still a wrong thing. Shouldn’t we keep this in mind when we discuss the numerous and continuous ways that our various governments, at all levels, violate the moral law? For example... to continue reading...http://www.theamericanview.com/these-are-the-times-that-try-mens-souls/