Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves, and under a just God, cannot retain it.
The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P.Basler, Volume III. "Letter to Henry L. Pierce and Others"-- April 6, 1859. Page 376
Abe Lincoln knew who he was. When controversial issues confronted him, he did not look for an easy way out of their path. Conflict resolution requires a fortitude that is made of the sinew of who we are on a very basic level. Historians reported that Lincoln wrestled often with issues but rarely did he wrestle with his conscience. Select any of President Lincoln's quotes and you will find many strong elements of his insight, his vision; well in tact.
Only a person who in free inside can completely appreciate, as Lincoln did, the value of each of our need to serve a God-given consciousness; as opposed to the dictates of those around us.
During his agonizing years in the Oval Office, freedom had many lukewarm interpretations. The easy way out would have been for the president to co-sign any one of its watered-down versions. He could not. He knew who he was; and he understood that his true self would not permit him to live at a level less than whom he had already discerned himself to be.
Thursday: Lincoln and Freedom Part IV