On November 19th, 1863 Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony for the military cemetery at the battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. How mesmerized I was by those words in my youth, how shallow and empty I now recognize them to be.
How we wonder why Lincoln could not heed his own advice given only two years earlier as he concluded his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection…”
Perhaps one day soon we will one day finally fulfill those solemn words in our deeds and actions as we create a truly peaceful and voluntary world united by mutually beneficial exchange combined with goodwill so that at last those at rest may not have ultimately died in vain.