The Power Of Power In Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Speech

Often of times, many of us speak without giving thought to how our words and the manner in which we speak will affect ourselves or another person. Regardless of how insignificant and harmless a few words and the tone we emphasize may seem, both hold power. In a moment, they have the power to either build up and give life or tear down and give death. In a moment, they have the power to shape and characterize the behaviors and values of both societies and individuals alike. In a single moment, they have the power to span beyond the individual who spoke it and cause, whether good or bad, repercussions that will affect a multitude of generations ahead. Yehuda Berg, a current author and a former co-owner of Kabbalah Centre said "Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble." Which are all true, throughout the various examples given in history. When Abraham Lincoln delivered his Second Inaugural Address on March 4, 1865, his words and tone alike had a considerable positive impact, affecting not only the citizens then, but even society today. Whereby, some consider it to be “the greatest speech of any kind ever delivered in the United States.” (Lincoln). Lincoln said, “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us…show more content…
The greatest breach of faith of all time was committed against us Germans. Let us take care that our people internally are never again in a position to be broken. Then no one in the world will threaten us. Then peace will either be maintained for our people or, if necessary, peace will be enforced. Then our people will bloom and flourish. Our people will be able to put their geniality, their ability, their diligence and steadfastness into the works of peace and human culture. This is our desire. We hope for it and we believe in it.”

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