12 February 2013
February 12 happens to be the date on which two of my favorite people were born ~ Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) and Charles Darwin (1809-1882). Lincoln was perhaps our greatest U.S. president, guiding the nation through a bloody and divisive civil war, and successfully pushing to end black slavery. Darwin was one of humanity's most original thinkers, proposing that life on earth evolved through natural selection. Both men were vilified in their lifetimes, yet history has vindicated their ideas. It is doubtful that they ever met, but if they had, I would love to have been present for the conversation.