Yesterday, everyone forgot to celebrate two of the most important birthdays in History!
1. Abraham Lincoln
2. Charles Darwin, whom, with a little help from Alfred Russel Wallace (actually a lot of help).
Lincoln met the extremity of his circumstances with patience, diligence and fortitude. His goal was to unite the nation. He famously surrounded himself with cabinet members who vehemently opposed him, ensuring an informed leadership of balanced decisions. At the close of the war, Lincoln sought to reunite the country through policies of generous reconciliation, despite lingering hostile divisiveness.
Although he exerted great powers, Lincoln always sought out the brightest future for the common man. He demonstrated the sacrifices required to carry great burdens of responsibility, and the delicate balance that must be struck between decisiveness and adaptability. The country survived, and was made stronger, by his enduring example.
Darwin’s discoveries stood in radical defiance of the religious theories surrounding Man’s origin, and to this day he is a central figurehead in the misguided science vs. religion debate. He framed the idea of survival of the fittest, which biologists of our generation like Richard Dawkins explain as being driven by a “selfish gene” that prioritized our survival after millennia of facing nature’s wrath.
By revolutionizing the way we saw our origin, nature, and purpose, Darwin in turn made us aware that technology had begun to substitute our natural selection. We circumvent and respond to nature with our invention, fighting disease with medicine, migrating with vehicles and harvesting our food.