The Philosophical Thought of the Day

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The Gettysburg Address:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
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Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war.
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We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
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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.
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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 -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
-Abraham Lincoln
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The Gettysburg Address, to many people in this country has become more synonymous has a junior high school assignment of memorization, rather than it being fully appreciated and understood as one of the most profound speeches in American history. Abraham Lincoln spoke for just over two minutes, but those two minutes changed America forever. He stated that we will little remember nor note the words spoken here today, but we will never forget those who had fallen, and the ultimate sacrifice that they gave. Abraham Lincoln was right that we as a nation will never forget the battle of Gettysburg, but he was wrong when he stated we will little note, nor long remember his words. 

As I have reflected on the Gettysburg Address I have come to fully realize that as a nation we have come so far, and even though things are far from perfect we are truly a great nation. A little over a hundred and forty years ago we treated humans as property, a tool to help tend to a farm. People were killed just for the simple fact their skin color was different. While racism and prejudices are still an unfortunate part of the 21st century, to even try and compare where we were as a nation in 1863 to where we are now in 2012 is impossible. Our nation was reborn during the Civil War, as President Lincoln alludes to, we are a nation where all men are created equal, and as free citizens of this nation our government is of the people, by the people, for the people, and we shall not parish from Earth.

- Robby Silk

Philosophical Thought of the Day

 

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

 

I would rather create and inspire others then read other people's inspirational work. This does not mean that I do not enjoy reading other people's hard work, but actually quite the opposite. I love reading a great novel, watching an amazing movie, or playing an awesome video game. I am always blown away at what other people create everyday. However, I love to try and create inspiration in others as well. There is nothing more satisfying then someone approaching me and telling me that they love a particular photograph or passage, and how it meant something to them. The thing is if I was to always be entertained by other's work then I would never accomplish anything of my own. There is a fine line or a delicate balance that I am constantly juggling. For me inspiration is contagious like a disease. Once I catch it I don't want it to go away. The key is to channel this energy into something productive. There is nothing I hate more then wasting this creative energy. I never quite know when, where, who, or what will inspire me so I always keep a pen and paper with me. This way I always grab that great idea instead of letting it slip away. There is nothing more frustrating then having a great I idea you just can't seem to remember. It's like torture when your idea sits there right on the edge of your imagination, but no matter how hard you try you just can't seem to make it drop. I don't know what will inspire me to write tomorrow, but I have figured out what I am writing about today.

- Robby Silk

Philosophical Thought of the Day

Happy Fourth of July! I wanted to post some patriotic quotes about freedom and liberty. Take care and be safe!

- Robby Silk

 

"Where liberty is, there is my country."

- Benjamin Franklin

 

"Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people."

- Abraham Lincoln

 

"Freedom is never voluntarily given up by the oppressor: it must be demanded by the oppressed."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Philosophical Thought of the Day

In Honor of Memorial day I wanted to post some patriotic quotes that I feel represent America.

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."

- Elmer Davis

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." 

- Abraham Lincoln

"If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace."

- Hamilton Fish 

 

Let remember and honor those today who have fought, died, and served our country. Please feel free to share any personal thoughts or additional quotes that represent our armed forces.

- Robby Silk