The following are words that screenwriter Tony Kushner gave to President Lincoln near the end of Steven Spielberg‘s film biography. Those words were addressed at healing our nation after the 13th Amendment brought an end to both slavery and the civil war, but they apply equally well to gun violence, financial greed, and virtually every other self-serving evil that afflicts our nation today.
The words seem especially apropos today:
“If we submit ourselves to law, even submit to losing freedoms; the freedom to oppress, for instance, we may discover other freedoms previously unknown to us.
Suppose that all we’ve done is show the world that democracy isn’t chaos; that there is a great invisible strength in a people’s union. Say we show that a people can endure awful sacrifice and yet cohere, mighten that save at least the idea of democracy to aspire to? Eventually to become worthy of? At all rates, whatever may be proven by blood and sacrifice must have been proved by now.
Shall we stop this bleeding?”