On January 10, 1776, 235 years ago today, Thomas Paine published anonymously the pamphlet Common Sense.
Besides other terrific stuff, he said in the pamphlet:
Yet, as the domestic tranquillity of a nation, depends greatly on the chastity of what might properly be called NATIONAL MANNERS, it is often better to pass some things over in silent disdain, than to make use of such new methods of dislike, as might introduce the least innovation on that guardian of our peace and safety.
“National Manners” is not a new concept but one we seem to have abandoned. Indeed, Mr. Paine, these are the times that try men’s souls.
If you have not read Paine’s masterpiece, it is available online in it’s entirety.