Think ... People, THINK!
Common Sense - by Thomas Paine, 1776
"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."
"Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs"
"In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense: and have no other preliminaries to settle with the reader, than that he will divest himself of prejudice and prepossession, and suffer his reason and his feelings to determine for themselves that he will put on, or rather that he will not put off, the true character of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond the present day."
Common Sense - by me, 2011
"Thoughts on the Present State of World Affairs"
In the following pages I offer nothing more than my thoughts, either original or adopted from others, with the objective to get the reader to think about life today ... and what to do about it.
I want to stress the importance of basing one's thinking on Facts and Logic, We can "believe" something based on many things; our upbringing, family norms, input from a trusted source, widespread coverage in the media, advertising, etc. But the "thinker" should base decisions and actions on logical thinking using facts evaluated in the context of goals, alternatives, consequences, and risks.
Of course, what are taken as facts today may not be factual tomorrow (e.g. Ptolemy vs Coperincus, eyewitness testimony vs DNA analysis). So what to do? ....... Think, and do the best you can today ... you are not going to be here tomorrow.
And the second part of thinking is "do". The best thoughts in the world can float around in the ether (ref. Aristotle) or in our heads, but unless something is done...nothing is done. Think ... then think again ... then do something. Talk to your mother, call your Congressman, organize a rally, join the Army, travel to Africa ... do something good commensurate with your thoughts ... good for yourself, good for others.
Agree with me ... disagree with me ... either shows you are doing your own thinking.
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If you don't want to think ... if it makes your head hurt ... this site is not for you.
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