Friday, April 15, 2005

It is for us, the living

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country."

--Abraham Lincoln, 1862

Fellow NPR addict Lynn reminded me about a very interesting bit of information from Morning Edition.

Today is the 140th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. NPR played audio from an interview in 1947 with a 101-year-old Civil War veteran regarding how he learned about the assassination. Really interesting. Listen to it here.

I visited the Lincoln memorial, as I try to every few years, last August. It is sad to consider that a man like Lincoln would, in all likelihood, not be elected today.

"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser - in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough."

--Lincoln, 1850

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