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Common Sense

June 28, 2016
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By Dahni
© 2016, all rights reserved

This is a followup to the previous post ‘No PC just CS’: http://wp.me/pGfx1-xg

 

Note: For several days, I made a series of updates to my ‘status’ on my Facebook page. Today (6/28/2016), it was concluded with the following as the final post in that series.

DO WE (You and I) HAVE NOTHING (or ANYTHING) IN COMMON?

You know, I’m just a little disappointed. 😦

For the last several days I’ve shared images of chalkboards. I tried to make them with different colors to make them not identical, but more interesting.

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They each had the same three questions, every day, which were associated with the quoted text of that particular day of the week:

1. Who said it?
2. Does it make sense?
3. Is it current?

Was this too hard? There were clues everywhere: my cover picture with the words “common” and “sense” and the title used on each image each day, “Common Sense 101.”

Out of all the people listed as my ‘friends’ on FB, only about 3 people ‘liked’ (or just clicked the ‘like’ button) any of my status updates, left comments or attempted to answer any of the questions and I responded each time. This series of statuses these past few days were not just because I am interested in common sense, but I honestly thought, YOU were or would be too? Was I; am I wrong?

So, what’s the problem here? No time? According to the New York Times article May 6, 2016, the average time we spend on Facebook each day is 50 minutes. Do you listen to talk radio (hours)? Do you watch the news on regular TV or cable TV (1-several hours)? Do you still read a newspaper (1/2 hour – to several hours)? Where do you get your information?

It might have taken you maybe less than a minute per day to read, think about and respond to my status.

Sorry about this post today, it might eat up around 5 minutes of your day to read it all the way through and respond to it? No, I’m not really sorry.

Not interested in common sense?

Is history or American history too boring?

Did it appear political and do you avoid anything political? Sorry, regardless of your PP (political persuasion) or lack of desire to participate, you ARE political, whether you realize it, admit it or not!

Was it that I failed to share some “feel good,” a shocking video, ‘click bait,’ what I had for breakfast, a recipe, something Pinterest or some cutesy animal thingy?

Do you not care what I have to say about anything? If that’s the case, why don’t you just go ahead and un-friend me right now. Or as in the case of this blog, unsubscribe from any future posts I make here.

Do the chalkboards remind you of school? Did you have bad experiences in school, or just don’t want to be reminded of school?
Do you not like to read or cannot read?

Do you not like to think or know how to think? Or perhaps, you’d just rather avoid the pressure, pain and toil it could require, for you to pop a neuron?

Do you not know what common sense is, could care less or don’t have any?

I’m not angry, I’m just upset. I’m not upset that you might not care about me or what I might have to say, I’m upset that so few seem to care, even ask a question, try to answer any questions, post a comment, like or dislike or participate. I don’t get it and I guess, I just don’t understand, what makes you tick! And if that be the case, I sincerely beg your pardon for not being always, 100%, 24/7, attuned to you!

But here are the answers that you may not even care about?

The quotes were all (except for the last one), all from the same person and from the same written work. They were written by Thomas Paine in 1776, from a 48 page pamphlet called, ‘Common Sense.’ This little book would be equal to selling around 50,000,000 copies in the USA in one year today and around 2 billion the world over, for the duration of its publication. It went through about 20 editions. As a comparison, a NY Times best selling book needs to sell between 3,000 and 9,000 copies to make their list.

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Did the quotes, do the quotes make sense, absolutely, to me anyway!

It was written in the language of the common folk of its day. Have we become dumber in all all our modern-day advances to even understand these words without a dictionary? Are we just too busy to look up words we do not understand?

Is or are, these quotes current, to our day and time? Some things NEVER change! Not only were the words of Paine apropos to the times in which they were written, they still apply today and were almost prophetic in nature with regards to our year of 2016, 240 years after they were first written! Like what?

For just one, “government is, a necessary evil!” For another, how should we vote (and we should vote), not for what party or person, but HOW to vote! I don’t care if your candidate did not win, or if you “felt the Bern” and it may now have become ‘Bern-t out,’ common sense says it’s irresponsible to stay mad and stay home and pout. Get off your duff and participate, else you are complicit in the anger, the divisiveness and apathy that seems to be spreading!

WE the Weeple, a zombie, clueless herd, aimlessly wandering around in the dark with no 'Common Sense'???

WE the Weeple, a zombie, clueless herd, aimlessly wandering around in the dark with no ‘Common Sense’??? So, Baaaaaaa-d? 🙂

And HOW should we vote? We should vote and vote for the “lessors of evils!” We should vote for those least likely to screw up even more of our rights and security, than they already have or will! I’m not with her or him! Both, and all in the political process, in government or seek to be a part of government are by nature evil! Or, they will become corrupted by it because, government is EVIL, even if it is necessary! Do not be deceived! This was true and 1776 and it’s still true in 2016! Only the true God can change the nature of the heart that is set on evil continually (a little good followed by a little evil and on and on). Self-willed ethical behavior is what people turn to when they reject God. Ethics and morals classes and self-determination cannot change the heart! Only God can do that! Just my opinion? Have you ever been sick, had a cold, been fired from a job, not gotten the dream job you wanted, forgotten something or someone, broke a heart or had your’s broken? HAve you EVER made a mistake? Well guess what? Neither you nor I nor is anyone else perfect! We all are corrupt! Something greater than ourselves must empower all true change! As we think so will we do! It’s just common sense!!

The following link is to various formats for you to FREELY download a copy of the original and full text of Thomas Pain’s work, ‘Common Sense.” Or you can search for this online yourself. It is available FREE of charge.

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/147/147-h/147-h.htm

I would you all, peace and clarity!

1 of WE,

Dahni

P.S. I received the following comment on my Facebook page today (6/28/16). “that may or may not be an accurate assessment… 🙂

My response: “that may or may not be an inaccurate assessment… 🙂

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No PC just CS

June 17, 2016
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By Dahni
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“These are the times that try men’s [and women’s] souls.”

Thomas Paine

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The first image, a red circle with a red angled line is a familiar visual word meaning, “not” or simply, “NO.” The letters PC could have different meanings, but here its meaning is, Political Correctness (PC).

I have become weary in bending my ears and having to hear it. My eyes have lost their focus and left them cloudy and bleary and hazy and teary-eyed, to have had to look upon it. My lips have become locked to speak of it ever again. Instead, I will return to CS which is, Common Sense. If you need to know what this is, there is the likelihood that you may not have any or political correctness (PC) has driven it far from memory? If I could teach it I would. I know no other way to define it or to share with others how it could possibly be imparted, than by what was written, well over 200 years ago.

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Although this was originally published anonymously and first on January 10, 1776, it is no less relevant today, June 17th, 2016, 241 years later. It is almost prophetic in light or in the darkness of our present situation. It was originally titled ‘The Plain Truth,’ but was changed to ‘Common Sense’ and was written in the simple language understood by anyone and especially common folk. It was first published as just a 48 page pamphlet, but it went through many editions and was probably purchased or gifted and read by nearly 20,000,000 (TWENTY MILLION) people in its day. That is saying a lot, considering that the population in the original 13 colonies was only around, 2,500,000 when it was written. For comparison, multiply these numbers by a factor of 10, then do it again. This would be almost 2 billion copies read in a population of the USA at 250,000,000. But really, we are over 300 million.

What is really significant about this book besides its commonality with our present day, the very words were considered seditious and if the author was discovered (now we know it was Thomas Paine), he would have been hung as a traitor to England. The popularity of his work could have made him a tidy sum in his times, but he donated every penny to George Washington and the cause of Liberty. Just forty-eight pages was in essence, the call to revolution for liberty!

If like me, you feel immersed in, drowning in filth and stuck in diseased and life robbing muck of political correctness that is promoted by over-educated idiots that say-nothing and do-less, that cannot discern the difference between a fact and an opinion, I highly recommend reading, ‘Common Sense.’ If you would just like to know what common sense is, to recall it or just be healed by it, I greatly suggest you saturate yourself inside-out with it by reading, ‘Common Sense.’ I am almost nearly 100% sure that if you just had a printed copy lying unread, but in close proximity to you, you might get healed by absorption or as if by osmosis! I will in conclusion to this post, provide you with links whereby you can read it for yourself and/or download it to be viewed on your computers, laptops and/or other digital devices, at your convenience and OFTEN and to share it OFTEN!

 

My suggestions for reading ‘Common Sense’:

Get a good unabridged dictionary and keep it close by. An unabridged dictionary will show origins of words and perhaps explain words as used in the day of its writing that may be unfamiliar to you. And of course, it will define words you may not know. It is interesting to note from the language that if it was common in that day, many of us might think it above our current level of education? We have certainly dumbed down in many ways since 1776.

Read ‘Common Sense’ as if it were being written today, in the time in which we live. Change words as England with perhaps, the United States. Replace the word ‘king’ with say, the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government locally, state-wide or the federal government. Change names to people living presently.

If you will read ‘Common Sense’ as if it were written in 2016, you will be amazed how it speaks to you, to me, to US, WE the People living now.

 

The Present Truth:

We do not have a king in title ruling us, but political correctness has divided us, government has and is dividing us; the media is; education or the lack thereof is dividing us. Politics divide us. Money out of your pocket into that of others with or without our consent divides us. We are divided from one another, from our friends and even our own families. This is the exact opposite of our founding, our purpose as a republic with a constitution written to preserve and protect our unalienable rights as penned in the Declaration of Independence, in 1776. We revolted against tyranny of the day and secured the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, NOT because we were divided, but because WE the People, were— UNITED!!!

Today, we are ripe for a takeover, not merely from some visible external force, but our enemy comes to us from the outside and are among us. The enemy within and the enemy without, have ideologies which are absolutely contradictory to our Constitution as ours is, to theirs. There are only two choices. They either assimilate with ours or we must assimilate with theirs. There is NO other way for the Republic of, by and for the people to remain. If you do not understand this, you have no common sense and are as Joseph Stalin said, “useful parrots,” to the divided-falls-for-everything!

It was Thomas Paine in ‘Common Sense,’ that wrote, “government is, a necessary evil.” Yes, it is necessary, but do NOT for a moment forget that it is EVIL.” It is NOT our friend, our savior, it is force. In the name of division and political correctness, this force which was purposefully limited has because of its nature of EVIL, divided us and deprived us of our unalienable rights such as: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Little by little our freedoms have eroded and continue to erode, amassing the power of WE in the name of some national security or some national crisis into the power and control and redistribution of, by and for the few!

If John Dickinson was the pen of the revolution see: http://wp.me/pGfx1-wy, Mercy Otis the Conscience see: http://wp.me/pGfx1-x0, Thomas Jefferson was the writer declaring our Independence, Thomas Paine with ‘Common Sense’ was the case for liberty. and Patrick Henry was the shout, heard all around the world—

“Give me Liberty or give me death.”

 

Yes, as Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s [and women’s] souls.” But for me, I will no longer accept this or political in-correctness. Un-friend me, do not follow me or subscribe to my posts. Divorce me, ban me from your home, kick me out of even my own family if you must. Disavow me and do not allow comments from me, if you deem this necessary. I am weary of dividing and political correctness! If you have no ‘Common Sense’ or refuse to even read ‘Common Sense,’ as linked and provided to you below FREE of Charge, by the way, then depart from me and I will from you! If departing it must be, I would you peace and clarity. I will count you as a brother or a sister. I hold onto hope that one day we could be friends and family. If we are not united, then we are divided, and if we are divided, then I must count you as mine enemy, though it be intentional or not. I am no soldier. I am no eloquent speaker or succinct, clear and popular author. I have no great sphere of influence, no wealth, no sacred honor to pledge, or life that may seem to matter much, but I matter because, I exist. But I can with equal resolve as any and by ‘Common Sense,’ yell to my dying breath just as Henry did, “Give me Liberty or give me death.” I am just me, but I am—

1 of WE,

Dahni

 

NOTES:

The original publication of Common Sense consisted of approximately 48 pages

Thomas Paine began work on Common Sense in late 1775 under the working title of Plain Truth. With the help of Benjamin Rush, who suggested the title Common Sense and helped edit and publish, Paine developed his ideas into a forty-eight page pamphlet. Paine published Common Sense anonymously because of its treasonous content.

Printed and sold by R. Bell, Third Street, Philadelphia, it sold as many as 120,000 copies in the first three months, 500,000 in the first year, and went through twenty-five editions in the first year alone. This would be roughly 20,000,000 million copies being sold today on Amazon dot com.

It was first published anonymously on January 10, 1776, during the American Revolution. Common Sense, signed “Written by an Englishman”, became an immediate success.[1]

In relation to the population of the Colonies at that time, it had the largest sale and circulation of any book in American history. Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided.

Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood; forgoing the philosophy and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, Paine structured Common Sense like a sermon and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[2]

Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as, “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era.” [3]
Paine donated his royalties from Common Sense to George Washington’s Continental Army, saying:

“As my wish was to serve an oppressed people, and assist in a just and good cause, I conceived that the honor of it would be promoted by my declining to make even the usual profits of an author.”

Thomas Paine

[1] Introduction to Rights of Man, Howard Fast, 1961
[2] Gordon Wood, The American Revolution: A History (New York: Modern Library, 2002), 55-56.
[3] Wood, American Revolution, 55

Links to ‘Common Sense (the full text):

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/147/147-h/147-h.htm
http://www.ushistory.org/paine/commonsense/
http://www.calhum.org/files/uploads/program_related/TD-Thomas-Paine-Common-Sense.pdf
https://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/paine-common.asp
http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Thomas_Paine/Common_Sense/