February 10, 2011

"Freedom Day?" - Lincoln & Darwin Were Born On February 12, 1809

  Lincoln in 1865, age 56    Darwin in 1869, age 60

Happy Darwin Day!  Tell US House to Support Darwin Day!  This link encourages support for a US House of Representatives bill to honor Charles Darwin who was born on February 12, 1809.  Here's the direct link you can use to contact and encourage your Congressman to support the bill - Darwin Day.

February 12, 1809, is also the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the US's 16th president (1861-1865).

I can think of no other persons in the modern era who have done more for human freedom than Lincoln and Darwin.  Lincoln was the steady hand at the tiller during the US's most trying crisis, the Civil War.  His stance against slavery and leadership during that war greatly furthered the liberation of all Americans from our brutality toward our fellow human beings.  Under Lincoln's leadership we affirmed the two core principles of our Constitution - freedom and equality for all.

The contribution of naturalist Charles Darwin to human freedom was equally significant.  The publication of his On the Origin of Species in 1859 and The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex in 1871 forever changed our understanding of Humankind and Life on Earth.

Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection liberated all of Humankind from the mental oppression of religious truth.  His theory provided a fact-based, demonstrable explanation of the history of all earthly organisms and placed Humankind squarely within that natural history.  Humans could hencefore seek and find their own explanations for the processes of Life.  They no longer were restricted to passively accepting an absolute, static truth provided by supernatural divination.

Both Lincoln and Darwin should be recognized each February 12th for their immense contributions to human freedom.  "Freedom Day" would be a fitting designation.  The day should be set aside to acknowledge Lincoln's and Darwin's efforts toward our realization of freedom from the bondage of body and spirit at the hands of each other, and our mental freedom from religious dictates regarding Nature and our place in it.

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