On March 4th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln’s concluded his second inaugural address with this plea:
“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and for his orphan -- do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”
In this age of “us versus them”; Israel versus Hamas and Hizballah; Right-wing Conservation Christians versus non-Christians and Christians from all denominations; Shia versus Sunni; Neoconservatives versus True Conservatives, Moderates, Libertarians, Progressives, and Liberals; Muslim Extremists versus their “near enemies” (other Muslims) and “far enemies” (the non-Muslim world); and Republican versus Democrat; we seem to have never-ending conflict. Couldn’t we all take a deep breath, re-read the words of Lincoln, and apply them to the current strife?
We would have a better world if we approached our neighbors without malice and with charity, and then decided to work together to “achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.”