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Abraham Lincoln

Postby solo » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:37 pm

I not long finished watching the movie Abraham Lincoln, and I enjoyed it very much. Though the only disappointment of it was, they "never" showed Lincoln's love of God. He was a very spiritual man and the movie lacked this love. Some may find the movie a bit slow in places, but still it’s worth watching. After it finished I then remembered I had extracts from a letter written by a father to the Headmaster of the school where his son was studying - Lincoln of course being the father.

He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just and are not true. But teach him if you can, the wonder of books. But also give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hillside. In school, teach him it is far more honourable to fail than to cheat...
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him he is wrong. Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with the tough. try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the bandwagon...

Teach him to listen to all men; but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth, and take only the good that comes through. Teach him, if you can, how to laugh when he is sad. Teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him to scoff at cynics and to be beware of too much sweetness...

Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to highest bidders, but never to put a price on his heart and soul. Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob...and stand and fight if he thinks he is right. Teach him gently, but do not cuddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel. Let him have the courage to be impatient...Let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will have faith in humankind. This is a big order, but see what you can do. He is such a fine little fellow, my son!

Basically, Lincoln was telling the teacher about how he (the teacher) must do his duty; and when duty is performed in a selfless spirit with an eye on doing good to society, it automatically becomes ones worship to God.

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