Abraham Lincoln: ‘The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present’ (via Sir Ken Robinson)

June 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

In his new TedTalk (already discussed by David Price), Sir Ken Robinson quotes Abraham Lincoln, from a speech he made to Congress laying the groundwork for the emancipation proclamation:

It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?” The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

You can read more here, and it’s worth it.

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Entry filed under: Innovation Policy.

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