“The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield 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.”
These were the final words spoken by President Abraham Lincoln on the occasion of his first inauguration.
This was a time that his country was on the verge of a civil war that would nearly end its national existence. Today, the fighting within our nation is not a battle of weapons, rather a battle of ideology and words. So while the threat is less subtle, it is still a very serious threat to the unity our nation so desperately needs.
While our lives seem to be continually connected through our multitude of cultural media, we have become less and less connected on a personal level. When this happens, we become less sensitive to the effect our words have on others because we don’t witness the repercussions firsthand.
As Lincoln appealed to his countrymen, I appeal to mine. Allow your better angels to lead the way and let’s become a nation that, once again, learns to get along.
I shall now step off my soapbox. You’re welcome.