The world is a worse place than when Honest Abe wrote this piece. In this writer’s opinion, as a species, and a society we have not progressed since the 1860’s. In fact we’ve failed. There is more war, hatred, apathy, than Mr. Lincoln dealt with, not to mention what “we” have done to mother earth in that time period.
To me there is only one rational reason for being on earth and that’s the pursuit of happyness (sic). Not to see what we can build or to try to figure out life’s many mysteries. These are not a bad thing — iPods, the Internet, medical science and going to the moon — but they are not why we are here.
Anyhoooooooo, here goes:
“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”
— President Abraham Lincoln