Use reason and respect in public discourse
A free thought to be shared by those who like to advocate their own intellectual shortcomings with falsehoods, fabrications and rhetoric long ago proven to be . . . well, just plain wrong.
“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.” – Thomas Paine, March 21, 1778
A very timely thought offered by one of America’s most highly regarded political philosophers who served as a guiding light, not only to the Founding Fathers, but also to the newly enlightened masses whose blood would be shed fighting to free themselves from the derisive and divisive state of the autocracy from which they suffered.
Now very sadly, the realization that Thomas Paine could have possibly perceived our current reality means that for all of our “advancements” what is most important to the vitality of our civilization has been lost “to a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt.” And, even as I write . . . he speaks proudly of it.