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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The superficial appearance of being right

Today I met with Occupy Fairbanks Dave for coffee. Upon sitting down, he pushed a book across the table and told me to read one paragraph.

Here it is for your benefit:
Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

Here is the rest: Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Do the federal government's actions even have appearance of being right anymore? Oh how far we have fallen.

Also, isn't it interesting that an Occupy organizer is reading common sense and is deeply moved by it while some (certainly not all) "conservatives" go on various forms of media and tell us to bow down and obey? Isn't that strange?

1 comment:

  1. Crotalus (Don't Tread on Me)December 9, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    I think I'm on the right track (Hence, my name "Crotalus" in reference to the Rattlesnake flags of the American Revolution.), but I suspect that I need to read "Common Sense" from cover to cover.