" Those who plan to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it" - Thomas Paine
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. " -Thomas Jefferson
Yes, I know you're opinions on the matter Blackdog. We just keep repeating oursevles!
Jefferson did not believe in metaphysics, not just because it seemed to unlikely for the rational mind, but also because it was simply idle thought, when man could be accomplishing things in the concrete. Jesus was merely someone who we should model ourselves after, nothing more, thought Jefferson. He was a Christian in the sense that one is a follower or fellow-travelor of Ghandi, like many Americans thought of themselves in the 1950s through the 1970s-an admirer of a political, intellectual, and philosophical leader, rather than sharing that person's metaphysical views. This separates himself from Christian of the religion or spiritual faith and places his interest in Christ merely in his concrete doctrine with regard to mankind and how he should act. That is also why when he picked up some of Nicholas Steno's work, who pioneered the study of geology and later became a fervent Catholic, Jefferson thought his commentary on something supernatural or not regarding the creation of the Earth was not worth reading or considering.
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"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963