Thread: Return To Common Sense Part 2
#1 Return To Common Sense Part 2
02-12-2009, 09:29 AM
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- Sykesville, Maryland
In order to gain a clear and rather just idea into the design and end of government, let's suppose a small number of people settled into some sequestered part of the earth, entirely unconnected with the rest, these will then represent the first peopling of this country, or in that matter their world. In this state, the natural liberty of society will be their first thought. The strength of one man is so unequal to his wants, and his mind so unfitted for pertetual solitude, that he is soon obliged to seek the assistance and relief of another, whom likewise would require the same. Four of five together would be able to raise a tolerable dwelling in the midst of the wilderness, but the one man, who while in solitude may accomplish nothing. When he felled his timber, he could not remove it, nor erect it after it was removed; hunger in the meantime would urge him to quit his work, and every different want would call him a much different way. Disease could set in, even misfortune, could result in death, certainly either would disable him from living, and reduce him to a state in which he might rather be said to perish than to die.
Thus necessity, like a gravitating power, would soon form our newly arrived emigrants into society, the reciprocal blessings of which would supercede, and render the obligations of law and government unnecessary while they remained perfectly just to one another. However, nothing but Heaven is impregnable to vice, it will unavoidably happen that in proportion as they surmount the first difficulties of emigration, which bound them together in a common cause, they will begin to relax in their duty and attachment to one another: And this remissness will point out the neccesity of establishing some form of government to supply to defect of moral virtue.
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