Ages And Ages

In the book I mentioned below, The Science of Liberty by Timothy Ferris, I ran across the following transition from a section about John Locke to one about Thomas Paine (p.74):

As the founder of both empiricism and political liberalism, Locke produced a philosophy of science and of government that helped inspire the coming revolutions in America and France. Those epochal transformations were more immediately incited, however, by the journalist and amateur scientist Thomas Paine, who ranked high among the instigators of the American Revolution, the champions of the French Revolution and the authors of the worldwide democratic revolution that followed – so much so that John Adams proposed that what is today called the Age of Reason, a borrowing from Paine’s book of the same title, should instead be called “the Age of Paine.”

Who am I to disagree with Adams’s assessment. In fact, in recognition of the truth of his statement, I propose that we name the first decade of our own new millennium, 2001-2010, a decade which was the Age of Anything But Reason, more properly “the Age of Pain.”

What? Why are you looking at me that way?

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  • MandT  On Tuesday October 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Snark alert!!!! laughing 🙂

  • MandT  On Tuesday October 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    ps. Even though it hurts……

    • Steve  On Tuesday October 4, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      MandT, you know me… always happy to supply a wretched pun! 😆

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