2012-02-14 / Letters

Two great men

To the editor:

Let us never let a Feb. 12 pass without candles to Abe Lincoln and Charles Darwin, both born Feb. 12, 1809.

That one was born in harsh poverty on the American frontier and the other into great wealth and privilege in Britain, is of little matter; genius flowers in all soils.

Between them, they changed forever the way we regard ourselves as political and social animals. We see them both as clear-thinking foes of prejudice, no longer prisoners of false gods.

Their work is not yet fully realized; forces of reaction are still fighting their messages of our moral equalities. There are wonderful books out there for anyone to access their whole lives, their whole essence: Truth and Self-knowledge.

Weld Henshaw

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