I’m still musing over Tom Paine’s description of himself:
“The World is my country, all mankind my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
Theresa May said recently something to the effect that “if you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere.” That struck me as being the plain and simple truth of the matter. She might also have added, as an afterthought, “and if you’re everybody’s brother, you’re nobody’s brother.”
But what I’ve been really chewing over was his “religion of doing good.” I commented on it in yesterday’s post: Tom Paine was a Do-Gooder. Tobacco Control is full of Do-Gooders too. Deborah Arnott is a Do-Gooder. But I firmly believe that it’s Do-Gooders who actually do most of the harm in the world, as they blunder around trying to do good, but actually doing far more harm than good.
My question is: how do…
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