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The Better Angels of our Nature – Abraham Lincoln

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At times like these, we need history as a guide. We were on the cusp of the Civil War, and our president had to bring us together.   Abraham Lincoln can provide some inspiration: 

\”In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you. You can have no conflict, without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to “preserve, protect and defend” it.

I am loth to close.  We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection . The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better  angels of our nature .\”

– Abraham Lincoln

16th President of the United States

During this speech, he mentions the Union more than 20 times. This is by design.  Abraham Lincoln is reminding us we are together in spirit and heart. We must stay together. Cling together. Put our differences aside.  

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Lincoln was adamant that the Union stay intact. Secession was not a possibility. And today, we see that unified country today.  No one talks about the U.S. splitting.

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Yet we feel split.

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People can\’t believe how many supporters there are for a certain candidate. Or they are dismayed there wasn\’t a resounding vote for either side… or they feel divisiveness because they can\’t believe a family member voted this, way or that… or didn\’t vote at all.

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There is so much to be angry at.

Yet Lincoln guided us in leadership to a place of \”Union\” mentality.  It is about keeping our country together: Knowing that we are all Americans, all under the same constitution, all lovers of freedom. There are so many things about America we can see that are good, and hold in common.   

Please remember Lincoln\’s admonition:

\”In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you. You can have no conflict, without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to “preserve, protect and defend” it.

I am loth to close.  We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection . The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better  angels of our nature .\”

– Abraham Lincoln

16th President of the United States 

You, and I, are responsible for the \”better angels of our nature.\”  How can you bring out the better angels of your nature today? How will you do it?    

I Am Thanking Each One of You for the \”Angel in You.\”  You have an Angel in you, this is your true nature. Go find it and let him, or her or it or they shine.  

We Are All Together,

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Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th President of the United States, during the Civil War.  He is regarded as one of America’s greatest heroes due to his role as saviour of the Union and emancipator of slaves. His rise from humble beginnings to achieving the highest office in the land is a remarkable story. His eloquent support of democracy and insistence that the Union was worth saving embody the ideals of self-government that all nations strive to achieve. Lincoln’s distinctively humane personality and incredible impact on the nation have endowed him with an enduring legacy. He is also known for his humble background, self-education, and skill with writing and rhetoric.  He was not a member of any one organised religion, but he frequently used Biblical imagery and references in his writing and speaking and referenced a Providence who had a higher purpose. Lincoln married Mary Todd on November 4, 1842, at her sister Elizabeth’s home in Springfield, Illinois. She was 23 years old and he was 33 years of age. They had four sons, all born in Springfield.

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