Apex

When I reflect on the horrid cruelties exercised by Britain in the East Indies – How thousands perished by artificial famine – How religion and every manly principle of honour and honesty were sacrificed to luxury and pride – When I read of the wretched natives being blown away, for no other crime than because, sickened with the miserable scene, they refused to fight – When I reflect on these and a thousand instances of similar barbarity, I firmly believe that the Almighty, in compassion to mankind, will curtail the power of Britain.

~from “A Serious Thought” by Thomas Paine, incarnated watcher, “fallen angel,”
October 18, 1775

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