By far the largest social group in France was the third estate, making up nearly 97% of the population. Members of this estate had few rights and little political power.
Life was difficult, and it was nearly impossible for them to get ahead. Members of the third estate were required to pay a 10% tithe to the Church, dues to their feudal lord, and a land tax to the king. This left them with little to support their families.
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
Three of the first five U.S. Presidents - John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe - died on July 4th.