Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Common Sense

Three hundred and thirty years ago, a man by the name of Thomas Paine wrote a series of pamphlets, in which he addressed the current ills of his world. In a sense, the pamphlet was the forerunner of the blog: It was opinionated, it could be an acknowledged work or anonymous, and it could be passed to others of like mind unobtrusively.

“ON the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense:….” Paine’s words captured the various situations that faced the colonies and brought it to all levels of the society. Obviously, I am far from being in his league, but a level of ‘Common Sense’ needs to be sought in any circumstance.

“The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason.” The logic of this is the basis for most of the comments that are leveled against a particular policy.

“THESE are the times that try men's souls.” Truely self-evident.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is NO reason in the world of bullies. After all, is it reasonable that a hospital would risk loosing a nurse over cutting her hours by 8 and loose a good nurse and have her hours cut by 40? Is it reasonable to loose an employee because they refuse any flexibility for educational purposes. There is evena policy and procedure that allows for educational leave of absence. Apparently, the director of human resources, the director of nursing and the clinical supervisor were not aware of this policy until an employee tried to implement it. Is it reasonable that the people in "charge" are not even aware of their own policies and procedures? One must seek reason and be open to it. Bullies have no interest in this quest.