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On their knees, if that's the way it is, Freemanwalking, that's what most
don't get.  Are we luckier or cursed?

posted by Blanche. on December 2, 2006 at 8:41 PM | link to this | reply

Blanche - Lincoln had a tremendous sense of destiny. Those who
look to the heavens often do so out of desperation but sometimes become inspired in ways few others ever do.

posted by FreeManWalking on December 2, 2006 at 8:04 AM | link to this | reply

Freemanwalking, I like this version of your review better than the first

I completely agree with you and the book, that life is not so simple that to eliminate unhappiness or despair or depression would contribute to the greater good of humanity as a whole.

Life is full of tradeoffs, upsides and downsides, and the upside of depression is the realism and the light thqt breaks through.  Lincoln was a complicated man who was right for the job at the time.  Would that we had a leader of his stature now.

 

posted by Blanche. on December 1, 2006 at 9:44 PM | link to this | reply

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