Monday, April 23, 2012

Thomas Payne

 Dear Traveller,
         When a complicated system begins to break down, it is best to refer back to the manufacturer's instructions.

           "Here then is the origin and rise of government; namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here too is the design and end of government, viz. Freedom and security. And however our eyes may be dazzled with show, or our ears deceived by sound; however prejudice may warp our wills, or interest darken our understanding, the simple voice of nature and reason will say, 'tis right.

I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature which no art can overturn, viz. that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered..."

                                                                            -Thomas Payne, Common Sense, 1776.

        And so dear traveller, if we expect to fix something, we must ensure that it is kept in the most simple form that will allow it to function for its intended purpose, whether machine or government.


"Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than a house full of feasting with strife."
                                                                          -Proverbs 17:1      

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