Today we remember the ultimate sacrifice of generations of Americans, from days of the Revolutionary war to the military actions following the gruesome attacks on 9/11. President Abraham Lincoln rightly stated, “in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here … Continue reading Thoughts on Memorial Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. once described how he and his brother drove one evening where very few oncoming drivers dimmed their lights. Understandably frustrated, Dr. King’s brother declared that he would leave his lights on full strength the next time a driver failed to dim his lights. Dr. King quickly responded by stating, “Oh no, don’t do that. There’d be too much light on this highway, and it will end up in mutual destruction for all. Somebody got to have some sense on this highway.” If we want to live in a society that carries on meaningful conversations about pressing political issues, we must again heed Dr. King’s timeless wisdom and begin to dim the lights.
Stephen Samuel Wise in 1914 was asked to give a speech commemorating Lincoln’s birthday. The speech turned out to be one of lasting importance due to Wise’s incredible oratory abilities. Reading over his speech, I was struck not only by Wise's rhetorical abilities, but by his observations of human tendency. He stated, “Instead of following … Continue reading The Lincoln Standard – Looking Upon His Like Again