From The Gettysburg Address to The Getties Burg Addy. Part X.

Posted by Buck68 on August 30th, 2011 filed in Uncategorized

by Buck68™, August 30th, 2011
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But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate
— we can not consecrate
— we can not hallow — this ground.

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here,
have consecrated it,
far above our poor power to add or detract.

I’ve read a little Civil War history, a few letters of that time from soldiers to families and friends. I wondered at the millions of acts of utter foolishness – marching in straight lines abreast, straight into the massed artillery and rifle fire of the foe. Oh, the letters soldiers wrote just before a battle – short good byes of love to loved ones, given to someone to send if they were killed.

What was what I felt as foolishness, almost suicidal, reading of it some 140 years later? Perhaps my own exceptionalism; my own progress? Me, compared to those poor fools who died horribly by the hundreds of thousands from grape shot, 50 caliber balls…the surgeon’s saw?

An exceptional person, sets himself apart from… all the ordinary. A person of progress, does so more than some others. That’s only what these two terms literally mean. That is, if one says what one means – then one is speaking literally.

Consider rationally: if a person spoke literally, he would be speaking in a larger sense …than himself. He would be speaking by following definitions of words. By common definitions, rather than by however he felt about whatever. Speaking literally would not limit his ability to express his feelings – it would enable him to communicate his feelings to others by using those very words defined in common.

So, the greater – the exceptional – man, by anointing himself as The Larger Sense…
can not dedicate, can not consecrate, can not hallow — …period.

But the ordinary man, by how he recognizes and follows the greater – such as the simple choice to say what he means by speaking literally… can dedicate, can consecrate, can hallow … by his free choice to follow, that purpose which he chooses, by the daily means he chooses to follow that purpose.

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here,
have consecrated it,
far above our poor power to add or detract.

So are all soldiers, brave? Well, Mr. Lincoln, you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.

Rather, perhaps ordinary men for all the ordinary emotions and reasons, struggled in each day, in each battle, in that awful bloody time, in all the usual ways. Courageous, cowardly, hero, villain, cook, rifleman, leader, manipulator, follower…all the usual cast of characters. How then, did they consecrate – let alone consecrate it far above our poor power to add or detract?

By their sacrifices – intentional, unintentional, or accidental;
By their struggles great or small in the fight – rather than above or apart from it;
By however they e pluribus unum -ed their purpose as an American cause greater than themselves.

With their lives – by unalienable gift;
With their fortunes – by unalienable gift;
With their sacred honor – sacred by The Giver.

TODAY what remains of the ordinary American citizenry is engaged by every Exceptional Diversity in a great Civil War to control your life, control your fortunes [resources and opportunities], and dictate exactly what is appropriate for you to feel, think, say, or do.

TODAY, there is the Emperor’s Parade of Tolerance by the Charade of Diversity – that same old Exceptional game that Solomon once described in a single word: vanity. And just as Solomon said thousands of years ago, Science now proclaims as rigorously peer reviewed Natural Law. In the continual tests of Survival of the Fittest by Natural Selection …we can all see [by Science] that we are but … beasts. No small irony, that Science declares a Missing Link? Is The Search for The Real Killer… like a search for Sacred Honor among beasts? There’s only One Solution for this common problem. Beasts just Naturally Progress, by taking… our poor power to add or detract.


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