Friday, January 29, 2016

Common sense

One of my Enlightenment heroes Thomas Paine was born on this day 1737, he went on to help bring about an independent USA and was a material influence on the creation of the declaration of independence and subsequent constitution. Paine was a well known free-thinker anti-royalty, anti-religion in an age when it still wasn't entirely safe to criticise those ideas, a real thought pioneer.

I feel obligated to post one of his many famous quotations so here's one that I noticed today,

“Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize.”

You're not wrong Tomo!

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