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

Posted by Buck68 on September 2nd, 2011 filed in Uncategorized

by Buck68™, September 2nd, 2011
©2011 by Buck68™, all rites re-served. Each use whatsoever requires prior written permission from the author [email: abuck68@yahoo.com]

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,
but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather,
to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here
have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated
to the great task remaining before us

Will the world little note, or long remember what President Abraham Lincoln and Orator Edward Everett said there at Gettysburg?

Note? TODAY, anyone with access to a computer enjoys abundant instant access to recorded human activity anywhere. Any kind of whatever note about anything, is but a cut & paste or file transfer away. Internet search engines impartially serve experts and the forgetful. So, whether we note or not, or forget or not, we can quickly find, reproduce in full, and remember…just about anything.

But can we never forget what they did …at Gettysburg? Literally, of course we can, and do. All the people of Civil War times are long gone. For those who believe in Progress, the Civil War is seven generations of… regress… backwards. The Civil War is literally billions of social and legal interpretations, trillions of perceptions and feelings… ago. Consider just one tiny aspect of interpretation: what is “cruel and unusual punishment” today, compared to Civil War times?

Simply, does Lincoln have it exactly backwards?

Will the world… keep noting and remembering what happened
But long since forget what soldiers did at Gettysburg?

I mean, as Lincoln put it, have we long since forgotten what soldiers did at Gettysburg …in a larger sense? Even more basically – can any person, “walk a mile in your shoes”? Meaning, can any person understand what another person feels is unique to him or her? And the converse – when do I NOT naturally see whatever… from MY point of view?

Amidst all the Progress, Exceptionalism, selfishness, and Diversity of today, there is one example of e pluribus unum across our political spectrum, in nearly all our locations. Haven’t you often heard, “whether you agree or not, respect our soldiers for their sacrifices”?

Perhaps in this saying, there is yet a dim recognition of the universal value of a few sacrificing much for many – regardless of who supports them. Perhaps that is also a lonely learning example from Vietnam, when we treated so many of our soldiers who were NOT volunteers, based on our own personal feelings.

So…just as only the living are at risk in this world, so only the individual, can dedicate – risk for a cause he puts above self. Who in his ‘right mind’, would dedicate …to a lesser cause than him self? Oops. Well, ‘just moving on’….

It is for us the living, rather,
to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here
have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated
to the great task remaining before us

So …what are we dedicated to these days? To… Diversity. To… ‘having to do what’s best for me’. To… whatever I am ‘passionate’ about. To… ‘getting mine’. To my rights to this, and this, and this…and….

So, just as Lincoln said,
It is rather for us to be here dedicated
to the great task remaining before us.

Lincoln called us in 1863 in a larger sense, just as John Fitzgerald Kennedy called us in 1961: “ask not what your country can do for you …ask, what you can do for your country.”

So…feeling right in my own mind, and so passionate, I go forth, dedicated to the great task remaining before us. ME. Getting mine. Getting my justice. Getting my rights & benefits. Most of all getting Somebody else to do this stuff for ME.

ME… the perfected sustainable environmentally natural target …for the Natural Selecting of every predator in town.


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