Tuesday, January 20, 2009
"He became what his language made him"
Guaging from this NYT article,
"From Books, New President Found Voice,"
I have more in common with Barak Obama than with George W. Bush. At least in reading tastes.
"He became what his language made him" refers to Abraham Lincoln, a biographer's ascription to the man whose statue towers over Washington, D.C.'s changing guard. Would that any leader could emulate the man who knew the Bible so well as to seamlessly incorporate its words into his Second Inaugural Address. A nation divided by slavery and salvo, Lincoln refused to cut the baby in half.
Pity that reading material alone cannot produce results or transmit character. But the love of books, therefore of words and ideas, elevates even the most pedestrian among us.
Blessings and prayers for the man who will lead us as a nation (Romans 13:1–2, 1 Timothy 2:1–2), who has already inspired individuals to hope for a future free from tyranny, terror and corruption.
That's what I hope for: a lot less venom and corruption spewing from both sides of the political aisle. Mote and beam, you know.
And may the reading President lean as Lincoln did on the everlasting arms.