WC - Quote 2 - \"When we are planning for posterity we ought to remember that[civic virtue is not hereditary The quote above came from Thomas Paine in

WC - Quote 2 - "When we are planning for posterity we...

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"When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that [civic] virtue is not hereditary." The quote above came from Thomas Paine in his infamous pamphlet Common Sense . Thomas Paine was an influential English-American writer whose work contributed to the American Revolution and ultimately, the creation of the Declaration of Independence. I think Paine’s quote is emphasizing the importance of teaching the future generations the importance of having their community (and country) in mind. Paine is stating that “[civic] virtue is not hereditary,” meaning that naturally, an individual does not have any desire to benefit their community or country. An individual must be taught the importance of keeping their community in mind if long-term success, posterity, is desired. I agree with Thomas Paine’s belief that civic virtue is not hereditary. In American society today, more than ever, individuals are not considering the long-term effects of their actions on the

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