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Abraham Lincoln: Genius of Labor

by Donovan Craig

The Prime Condition of the Free Man is Strength.”  Rolland

When he was young, he was “ as strong as three or four men put together”; lifting Old Mrs. Robinson’s Chicken Coup and moving it across her yard, or carrying 600 pounds of logs by himself, 1,000 pounds of rocks, chopping down trees with just a few strokes of the ax, picking up a full barrel of whiskey up and taking a swig just to show he could do it. He tossed the three robbers that tried to waylay his flat-bottomed boat into the great Mississippi single-handed.

His physical toughness reinforced the power of his mind when he worked those long, hard hours over the law and then for that fateful five years, the horrendous civil war, which was as much a product of his single will as something like that can be.

He knew well the inglorious drudgery that goes into understanding a matter; “taking hold of it” as he called it; breaking it down into understandable pieces, being indomitable in the face of confusion and error, slowly, diligent, creating mastery through memory and revision. “ I am slow to learn and slow to forget,” he admitted, but then, with a workman’s pride “ my mind is like a piece of steel very hard to scratch anything on it and almost impossible after it gets they’re to rub out.” He knew there was as much humility in mental labor as there is in the hard drudgery of the lumberyard and farmhouse. He was proof of the swordsman Musashi’s maxim, that a man knows a thousand things who knows one well.

His humility, being authentic, came from a place of power. From the time he was 14 or 15 years old he was always the biggest, strongest, smartest, most capable man in any room he was in but who went to greater pains to put people at ease? Machiavelli advised that to lead men put your trust in fear and cunning but this won’t work in a democracy, not in the United States of America, where servility and station are obnoxious to the common man.

He used every man to his best purpose, friends and enemies alike. His cabinet was a viper’s pit, but a potent one for the cause of the Union. His generals for the most part worse than useless until Grant bubbled up from the carnage. His mind moved from the grand historic struggle before him to the minute details of daily business dozens of times every day. His was a genius not so much of leadership as that of administration and of taking pains.

His mind grappled with and subdued one the two most intractable problems of world history; Slavery and the viability of Democracy. His overriding ideal was that of self-government and then that all men should be free. A man’s labor he knew is all that he really owns and it is the path to self-betterment for societies and individuals. Who better than former rail-splitter from Kentucky woods to defend this manly principle?

Once the slaves in America were free and the world looked to him as the great emancipator he took interest in the Serfs of Russia, asking the Honorable Bayard Taylor to publish a lecture on the subject. Karl Marx, while desperately pondering the workhouses of England and with keen insight thought him the greatest man alive and a more potent historic force than even Napoleon.

Bob Dylan Rescues the English Language From Post Truth Bullshit

Language is vital to thought since thinking takes the form of a mental dialogue and this dialogue is in language. If to think is to communicate with yourself then the precision and honesty of that communication creates the quality of a person’s mind. The ability to form concepts and articulate them in words will determine a person’s ability to think about things. It’s this precision which suffers when language degrades.

Consider how often we see, although more people are writing now than ever before, that “ word’s cant express…” such and such or “ I’m speechless,” about so and so, etc. Or the other ubiquitous stratagem; the practice of modifying a positive attribute in terms of a negative one, such as “Insanely Great”, “Earth Shatteringly Bold”  etc.  These abuses point to an unfortunate dilution of meaning caused by the long slow degradation of language that the culture has accepted. We say more but express less, because we fully comprehend less.

So it’s nice when  something comes along and reinvigorates your love of language and confidence in its power.  Consider Bod Dylan’s Nobel Acceptance speech. Mr. Dylan squeaked in just under the deadline necessary for him to receive the prize money and submitted the address via and audio recording uploaded to  youtube. It’s the first Nobel Acceptance speech in many years that’s good enough to cross over into the realm of popular consciousness, at least for a little while.  It demonstrates the prize, the first awarded to a popular songwriter, was well deserved and that the recipient is one of the living treasures of global culture.