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!