I just watched the movie Lincoln. I am always amazed and deeply saddened by the cruelty and the injustices that people inflict on other people. I look over recorded history, and it is sad that people have always sought ways to gain power over others. Mostly through violent ways. Sometimes the stories are about small groups, sometimes the stories are about complete nations. To overcome this oppression it almost always it leads to violence. And much of this violence is war.
I cannot imagine the grief and suffering that people must endure because of war. And worse, the people who have the least control of the situation seem to bare the bulk of the suffering The mothers, fathers and families that have to endure the grief of losing a loved one in battle, sadly, these tragedies remain in our day. It is tragic that over 600,000 had to die fighting over slavery. But there is always hope because there are people who have the courage to rise above the oppression. There are a few people, Lincoln being the one in the movie, that are truly magnificent and have the persistence, courage and vision to change the world. Sometimes I wish I possessed some of those traits. The reality is, I only possess enough of those traits to barely keep my life together. I will always be amazed at this figures though out history. These are the heroes, which possess; more than mortal qualities, noble and great individuals that show what it takes to change the world. I am thankful there are a few out there that can change the world.