It was, of course, Thomas Paine who wrote the famous first volume
“Common Sense” in the year 1776.
In it he listed all the reasons that undertaking the American
Revolution was necessary. He also gave some advice which, with only
the smallest amount of imagination, can be found directly applicable to
our situation today.
Speaking of the upcoming conflict with England Paine stated:
“As parents, we can have no joy knowing that this government
is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to
posterity; and by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next
generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them
We are not in need of the kind of revolution Paine spoke of today,
nevertheless, there are a number of continuing, festering, issues facing
our society at this time which do demand real change and real attention.
And it is long past time, as Paine said, to do the work of it, lest we
use the next generation pitifully.
Many men died, and died willingly, for what we have in this country
today. Are we even worthy to live in it if we fail to build upon
what they left or worse, leave it wretchedly poor when we inherited it
hale and weathy?