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and endeavouring to make our fellow-creatures happy. " and "All national institutions of churches
on 2 June 2015
Over 200 years old, but perhaps more pressingly relevant today than they have ever been - from the Rights of Man - Government's sole purpose is safeguarding the individual and his/her inherent, inalienable rights; each societal institution that does not benefit the nation is illegitimate! Where do we begin? From Age of Reason -"I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavouring to make our fellow-creatures happy." and "All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit." Following a trajectory from Hume and Locke, and, a product of their revolutionary incubator, Paine's ideas are just as achingly pertinent to today's current political thinking and challenge to fundamentalist ideologies.