By IAN TAUKURO
I'm on a roll today, lads...
Today marks the 200th birthday of two great men of history.
The first devised a theory that still causes much debate and controversy
among scientists and is a constant irritation to the church, although,
atheist's rejoice in the theory's teachings.
Let us all stand and offer a round of applause for the late but great,
Charles Darwin, who was born on February 12, 1809.
His theory of Natural Selection, which promoted the idea of evolution,
when first put forward, represented a great challenge to the teachings
of the church which, based on the bible, said all living things on the
planet are the result of Intelligent Design.
The other great man whose birthday was on February 12, 1809 is Abraham
Lincoln, who was the 16th
A great monument in his honour stands there in
a token of appreciation by the American people for what he did to save
If a lesser man had been president during those tumultuous years of the
American Civil War, the
separate nations, North and South. It would never have grown into the
powerful nation that it is today.
shed to protect the ideals of freedom and democracy and, on the fateful
day in 1860, made the decision to send in supplies to
the rival government to the
the fort. So began the Civil War, which went on for 5 years, ending soon
battle bloodied and weary but re-born nonetheless.
Aside from the Lincoln Memorial, there is even a powerful warship, the
USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier that patrols the high seas,
protecting the interests of the
What's common to Lincoln and Darwin? Well, aside from being full of
character and virtue they both had that unshakable belief in themselves
and the decisions they made and they never gave up as a result.
That's a good lesson for us all to learn ... whatever you do, don't