The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will, arise which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all lovers of mankind are affected, and in the event of which their affections are interested.
Consider what you know of the Enlightenment and interpret the type of appeal Paine makes to his reader based on these sentences. Remember that the rest of the pamphlet deals with the particulars and specifics of the grievances the colonies have against the British
The Enlightenment was a time in history when the study of and advancement of knowledge in the sciences, mathematics, astronomy, literature amd every other discipline had tremendous influence upon humankind and its collective thinking and culture. People were depending much less upon the church and faith to guide their lives, and were placing much more reliance upon the power of the human mind.
Paine is making an appeal here to the rational brotherhood ...
Analysis of meaning in a quotation from Paine's Common Sense, regarding America's example to mankind and the legacy our actions created.