Woman Honor Thyself

When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. --Elaine Boosler

Monday, February 13, 2006

Today we celebrate the 197th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.
What do we know about this man? some discussion of his depression according to STLToday

Some allege he suffered from melancholy or depression, but unlike the celebrities nowadays who wallow and delve into their misery and nihilsm from whom we hear nothing but a deadening repetitive whining, - we celebrate how Lincoln transcended it. . "We'll never be able to diagnose Lincoln, but we can continue to learn from how he handled his condition: the old-fashioned way."

It is known that with his towering intellect and his sensitivity to the suffering caused by the war, he would still begin cabinet meetings with a reading from one of the low-brow humorists of the day. "Yet it was just such moments, when he shed the emotional weight of his responsibilities in full- bodied laughter, that helped him overcome his melancholia."

What say he of religion?
Speaking of the Bible to his friend Joshua Speed in the summer of 1864, Lincoln advised, "Take all of this book upon reason that you can, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man."

Ought we not try to typify that spirit?

Did he allow his depression to cripple him?
It is said that during phases of his early adulthood and middle age, he had experienced depression and learned to live with it. When it came time for him to lead the nation through the crucible of Civil War, he had attained an emotional equilibrium that enabled him to carry the nation's burden as well as his own.

Perhaps on some level this puts the lie to the notion that even debilitating depression can
prevent someone from finding one's highest destiny.

President Lincoln personified the struggle we all have on some level, allowing the supreme human value to be the victor.


  • At 8:02 PM, Blogger Mike's America said…

    Thanks for reminding me of this occasion. Lincoln really was a giant in so many ways and we should remember and thank him every day for keeping this nation together.

  • At 8:17 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    Amen Mike!

  • At 8:45 PM, Blogger Karl m said…

    Honest Abe...what a concept..can you imagine if we had a few honest politicans now...
    stove hats off to big Abe...and as always..a copper penny for his thoughts...

  • At 8:46 PM, Blogger David said…

    I am not a fan of Lincoln's Presidency for many reasons (mostly glossed over by historical hagiographers of his life and work), but I do admire much about the man, Lincoln. Flawed as he was, he was still a giant among men. Thanks for the reminder of this milestone anniversary.

  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger The MaryHunter said…

    Now, why did I know that David (God love 'im) would chime in, bifurcated, with his Lincolnophobia? S'okay, bud, I still loves ya. :-) Indeed, a man among men.

    (OK I best stay away from these bday posts, they're just killing me)

  • At 6:30 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    lolz TMH..u knowzzzzzzzzz David's gotta b controversial dontcha?..grinz

  • At 9:15 AM, Blogger Middle Class Guy said…

    Not only should we remember Lincoln as a giant, but as a man of great humanity and compassion. Even though he had his own personal tragedies, he prevailed and used them as a source of inspiration. They made him more human. We have no one in politics today to compare with Lincoln.

  • At 12:31 PM, Blogger kevin said…

    My favorite President and the 1st Republican, and yes he was a giant among men, in more ways that one. When a shorter man asked Lincold how tall a moan should be, he replied, "A man should be tall enough so that his feet reach the ground". Funny, articulate and formidable leader.

  • At 4:41 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    Nice one Kev!

  • At 5:35 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said…

    On Thursday, I'll be posting a student's sonnet in honor of Abraham Lincoln. I hope that you'll stop by.

    Right now, I'm listening to an excellent book-on-tape: The Day Lincoln Was Shot. I highly recommend this book!

    Did he allow his depression to cripple him?
    It is said that during phases of his early adulthood and middle age, he had experienced depression and learned to live with it.

    His wife had some serious mental problems as well.

    The man did not have an easy life, no matter what aspect one considers. That he was able to accomplish all that he did is a testimony to the American and Christian work ethic.

  • At 7:28 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    Thanks y'alls TMH,David,Mike, MCG, Kevin ,Alwayson Watch and Karl M.. for the inputs !...diverse as they were..grinz.


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