Two people who changed the world share a birthday today. There are some out there who would wish that neither had gotten their way in the philosophy of ideas. There are some who want a hierarchy of values so that only a few have rights. In their own ways, each worked for that equality; one by showing we aren’t gods and the other by showing we don’t own other people.
Darwin wrote: “. . . For my part I would as soon be descended from [a] baboon . . . as from a savage who delights to torture his enemies . . . treats his wives like slaves . . . and is haunted by the grossest superstitions.”
and Lincoln said:
“Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.”
If I could take the day off to commemorate their lives, I would. Cheers!
4 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Charles and Abe!”
I agree, both men are to be celebrated for their wisdom and their impact on all of us.
Great thinkers only come along once in a while.
I’m a bit off on the subject here, but I just clicked and read that “Christian Men Who Hate Women” link/synopsis. It reminds me of an article I had read quite some time ago about women pastors who had gathered to stand up against that “spousal-abuse-is-your-cross-to-carry” nonsense that has been perpetuated by fundamentalism. It’s great to see that the issue is still being addressed!
Yes, I’m glad it’s still being addressed as well, because it’s almost a hidden mind-set for Christian women. They are in a double-bind, so to speak: “do I obey God or my husband? Does my husband speak for God?” That kind of thing. Very insidious and a huge reason why Christian fundamentalist women are afraid to leave their spouses.
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