What are your thoughts about celebrating Freethinkers Day annually on January 29? Are you ready to open up your mind to new odds and ideas? Freethinkers Day is a day when people are not only entitled to think outside the box but are even cheered on to do so. In some places, it is also called Thomas Paine Day, or Common Sense Day. It encourages people all over the world to have the freedom to think and express themselves.
History of Freethinkers Day
Freethinkers Day is observed on the birthday of Thomas Paine. Paine is a well-known thinker whose works and books, which expanded on a philosophy of enlightenment, enormously affected the course of the French and American revolutions. Paine was a noble and bold man whose entire life work was inspiring and a strong motivation for those who yearned to find their independence. His efforts especially promoted the rejection of abstract authority that symbolized power and self-promotion over motive.
Although Paine was English-born, at the request of Benjamin Franklin, he came to America in 1774. Paine’s many significant books and pamphlets throughout his life included “Common Sense,” “The Age of Reason,” and “The Rights of Man.” He was also one of the first persons to call for universal human rights and an end to slavery. Paine’s writing has inspired a lot of other activists to seek their political, economic, and social progression.
Although Paine rose to prominence hundreds of years ago, it was only until the 1990s that he was acknowledged with a day. “The Truth Seeker” magazine initiated the celebration of this day on January 29, as a celebration of Thomas Paine’s memorable history and birth on January 29, 1737. The sole objective of this day is to bring around education and awareness as well as the common benefits of freedom and liberty. A symbolic way that the magazine suggested the day be celebrated was by exhibiting a white rose with thorns. The color white symbolized purity, fragility, and beauty; and the thorns represented danger.
Freethinkers Day timeline
Paine is born in Thetford, United Kingdom.
After requests from Benjamin Franklin, Paine comes to America to continue his politics and philosophy.
Paine dies in Greenwich Village, New York City, on June 8.
"The Truth Seeker” magazine initiates the celebration of this day.
Freethinkers Day FAQs
What is “The Truth Seeker” magazine?
“The Truth Seeker” is an American magazine started in 1873. It was reckoned the most influential freethought publication during the period after the Civil War into the first decades of the 20th Century, which is known as the Golden Age of freethought.
Who is a freethinker?
A freethinker is a person who thinks independently or freely. A freethinker forms opinions on the grounds of reason, independent of authority most times.
How do I know if I am a freethinker?
Freethinkers are characterized by these things: their perception that there is often more than one opinion for anything, their creativity, their embracing of differences, and their questioning of authority.
Freethinkers Day Activities
Think like a freethinker
What do you know? What do you think should be changed, adjusted, or left original? Feel free to think and, when necessary, act upon your thoughts. As long as they're healthy.
Read Paine's works
The most famous ones are "Common Sense," "The Rights of Man," and "The Age of Reason." Display or give someone a white rose with thorns. You could also read a book or magazine on the subject of freethought, such as “The Truth Seeker” magazine.
See the history for yourself
Go out there. Tour the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum and the Thomas Paine Monument in New York to see the history for yourself.
5 Incredible Facts About Thinking
We can't think without facts
We can have facts without thinking, but we can't have thinking without facts.
Thinking negatively is disastrous
Negative thinking can have a strong or devastating impact on your relationships, work, health, and life.
Creative thinking encourages risk-taking
Creative thinkers are most likely to take risks, like extreme sports and wilderness exploration.
Not everyone can hear their thoughts
Some people can't hear themselves think
Thinking makes you happier
Positive thoughts can positively affect a person's emotions.
Why We Love Freethinkers Day
We practice freethinking
On this day, we feel the exciting rush when we are in thought. Freethinkers Day is a day to put our thoughts together and make a lasting positive impact with them.
We celebrate Thomas Paine
Thanks to Paine, a number of opportunities were made available to us. Freethinkers Day is a day to properly celebrate this man with joy.
Thinking is healthy
Thinking positively can boost your immune system, lower the rates of depression, and increase your lifespan. So what are you thinking right now?
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