JustJoe Over the Road

If it AIN'T about the CONSTITUTION, it AIN'T AMERICA

Thomas Paine a new friend

Posted by justjoe on January 15, 2006

“It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. He takes up the trade of a priest for the sake of gain, and in order to qualify himself for that trade, he begins with a perjury. Can we conceive any thing more destructive to morality than this”?

Thomas Paine

http://www.ushistory.org/paine/reason/reason1.htm

This quote from Thomas Paine, who, I fully admit, is a new friend of recent discovery, is so on the mark. As you may or may not know, I am running for the US Senate in Utah this year, and I have come to realize that I have one of two choices to make as I enter the public arena.

  1. Speak in a winning way to people’s wants, hopes and fears, and lose yourself to the lies that will be necessary.
  2. Speak honestly and be soul searchingly true to yourself and your convictions, and know that, while the office may not be attained, your soul remains yours.

I choose the latter in part for the reasons so elequently elucidated in the quote from Thomas Paine, but also as a recognized challenge and opportunity to grow in my personal pursuit of excellence, Spiritually, Emotionally, Physically and Mentally.

I also think that, just as important, each of the individuals that I meet along the way have the same challenge and opportunity in their lives. Perhaps politics is not only attaining an office or position of prominence in our communities, but is, more importantly, a greater understanding of our personal and communal responsibilities and obligations.

It occurs to me that we are at this moment in great crisis, and that crisis is a direct reflection of the personal integrity of each Human Being’s willingness to reflect honestly within themselves, and with others, how we work together for the benefit of us all.

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