A Wealth of Common Sense Why Simlicity Trumps Complexitiy any Investment Plan

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In 1776, Thomas Paine, a political activist, philosopher, and poet published a simple pamphlet that likely altered history as we know it. The title of his publication was plain and simple—Common Sense. This tiny pamphlet, which numbered less than 90 pages, inspired the original 13 colonies to seek their independence from Great Britain and form the United States of America. It’s been said that virtually every rebel read, or at least listened to, the words written by Paine. This was Paine’s introduction to Common Sense:

In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense; and have no other preliminaries to settle with the reader, than that he will divest himself of prejudice and prepossession, and suffer his reason and his feelings to determine for themselves; that he will put ON, or rather that he will not put OFF, the true character of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond the present day.1

Paine’s simple words ignited the people of that day to fight for their independence. As John Quincy Adams, the second president of the United States, once said, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.” Paine’s plain, common sense arguments provided the motivation that was so desperately needed to unite people from all walks of life to stand together in their cause. So why did Paine’s words resonate with so many people? In a word—simplicity. Many writers of that day and age used dense philosophy and Latin to get their point across. Paine made his case for the benefits of independence by using clear, concise language that everyone could understand.

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