Common Sense

We all have had a lot of US politics thrown around in the past few weeks due to the just concluded US elections. I on the other hand stumbled upon a book in one of  the street vendors that is called ‘Common Sense’. My interest in American politics got me reading it, and though it was a bit interesting, I found it too much sometimes. The book is written by a conservative personality by the name Glenn Beck, you can google him. He talks about how America has lost the way from what the founding fathers had in mind. The ‘progressives’ as he calls them had misled the American people into Ideals that were not exactly what the founding fathers had in mind. He calls for the boycott  to vote for either of the two parties that control the American political soul, that is the democrats and the republicans. Funny thing is that Glen Beck himself according to Wikipedia had endorsed Mitt Romney for President in the duel between Romney and Obama. Wow, Human beings are two faced. Anyway, Glen Beck had been inspired by one Thomas Paine who wrote the original ‘Common Sense’ where he urged the colonies(states before america got its independence) to fight for their independence from Britain. I enjoyed reading Thomas Paine’s Common Sense more than Glenn Becks common sense. Some of the quotes from Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense’.

“The more men have to lose, the less willing they are to venture. 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 ”

“The intimacy which is contracted in infancy , and the friendship which is formed in misfortune, are , of all others , the most lasting and unalterable”

“Let a man throw aside that narrowness of soul, that selfishness of principle, which the niggards of all professions are so unwilling to part with, and he will be at once delivered of his fears on that head. Suspicion is the companion of mean souls and the bane of all good society. For myself I fully and conscientiously believe, that is the will of the almighty, that there should be diversity of religious opinions among us: It affords a larger field for our christian kindness.”

Those quotes really got me thinking. Thought I’d share with you. It also got me thinking about my/our Kenyan context. I will write about that.


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