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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, a Timely Reminder of What Matters

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November 19, 2013,
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Claire Montanaro
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Today, 19th November 2013, is the anniversary of the day 150 years ago when President Lincoln gave a short but perfect address to dedicate the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg towards the end of the Civil War. He thought it would be forgotten, but he was wrong. He spoke of the soldiers who had died there in their thousands, fighting for freedom and equality, and of the importance of their cause being continued by the living, ending with the famous words: "government of the people by the people for the people will not perish from the earth". His speech lasted 2 minutes only, but its brevity only served to emphasise his message of hope for the future based on principles of liberty, equality and democracy, while recognising that those principles were being tested through a war that challenged the very survival of America. [caption id="attachment_2205" align="alignright" width="220"]Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln[/caption] I read these words of Lincoln again today, and was struck not just by his eloquence but by the timelessness of his wisdom. There was sadness behind the address as he reflected on the bravery of the fallen and why they died - so many lives lost, and at such great cost to their country. His ideals, reinforcing those which underpinned the Declaration of Independence, became the cornerstone of the new United States which emerged, battered but resolute, from a terrible war between brothers, and of many other countries struggling to find their own form of democratic ideal. In Syria, Libya,Egypt, Africa, at least, brother continues to fight brother often very terribly, and in the name of democracy at least initially, and the fight for freedom and equality goes on.  Every day soldiers, in uniform or not, die for a cause whether it is in their own land or on a foreign soil in someone else's war, and every life lost in conflict is a life mourned, somewhere. It is easy to forget, as we live our everyday, comfortable lives, that men, women and children are fighting by choice or by force in the world we share, and are dying, perhaps to protect us. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address applies still, perhaps more than ever, and it is important that the freedom and equality about which he was so passionate are not assumed to be in place just because, once upon a time, they were there. Democracy can become weakened through an overriding hunger for power and the use of control to achieve it. It might serve all countries that claim to have democracy at their heart to look again, and check the truth of its reality. Would Lincoln have approved?   [byline]]]>

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2 comments on “Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, a Timely Reminder of What Matters”

  1. Of note also, Claire, is both Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's belief in the supernatural. I recall hearing a story many years ago about how the couple had used seances to contact their dead child. I also recall that being during the Civil War.

    1. I did not know that! Thank you.....I find Lincoln a fascinating character, quite inspirational in many ways.

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