Abraham Lincoln quote

Dear Phil & Co.

My husband has an antique plaque with the following Abraham Lincoln quote:

“I do the very best I know how; the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. 

If the end brings me out alright, what is said against me won’t amount to anything.

If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”   

Hedy’s comment: It is an interesting proposition that the determination of the properness of a moral/ ethical  decision is not based on community approval or on divine approval but on efficacy/ moral outcome.  Isn’t this the same logic as refusing to return weapons to a madman? Do others have different interpretations?


04. September 2008 by Arrian
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