"As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of the opportunity provided to serve self-interest when Al Gore created the internet; and we should also thank Mark Zuckerburg and Jack Dorsey for creating Facebook and Twitter out of the kindness of their big hearts and not the thinness of their small wallets."
-Ben Franklin, Autobiography (1742)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Abe Lincoln Day 2: Lincoln and the Oracle

We continue Lincoln Week here at Lost and Founders with a brief but historically imperative account concerning a few little known facts on the infamous Lincoln assassination. We all know the date April 15, 1865, that fateful night at Ford's theater that shocked the nation - well, most of the nation. The truth is John Wilkes Booth and his cowardly cohorts were not the only ones aware that night that the wind of change was coming.

It was October of 1864. President Lincoln was 55 years old and his many decades of mixed martial arts training had left him a powerhouse in the political arena as he had once been in the combat arena. His political enemies had already made several failed attempts to kidnap the President in hopes of influencing his increasingly controversial decisions in the Civil War and tension was high in Washington. It was for this reason that Lincoln made his first and only trip to the Oracle, an uncommonly old sooth-sayer who lived in the foothills of Shenendoah Valley, Virginia and who was known to provide cryptic advice to several founding fathers in times of need.

No one knows for sure what Lincoln asked, or what the Oracle told him, but from the following statement,  made to one of his advisor's upon leaving the Oracle's shack, we can infer that he asked for advice on what to do about the schism between the North and South and was made privy to knowledge of his own death:

"The Best thing about the future is that we can know exactly what is going to happen. I will unite this nation under one banner, even if it means I must die as the direct result of a gunshot wound within a year." 
- Abraham Lincoln, October 14th, 1864.

From this statement and the subsequent events that transpired just 6 months later, we believe that not only did the Oracle predict Lincoln's death, but that Lincoln attended Ford's Theater that April night knowing that he would be shot because he had seen the future and knew that the only way to bring warring factions together into a true United States would come about in the aftermath of his death. 

We hope this has a positive impact on those of you who were unaware of this bit of history. Truly Lincoln was  an even more courageous Founding Father than history gives him credit for. For more information, take a look at "The Matrix" film series. The trilogy is a sci-fi adventure set in an alternate future that was loosely adapted from Abraham Lincoln's presidency. 

We'll be back tomorrow with more exciting history of the great Lincoln so stay tuned!

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