Thought for the Day – Lincoln

This seemed appropriate to vegan advocates promoting animal rights:

With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions.

~ Abraham Lincoln

Remember, we’re looking for lasting change. We need to change hearts and minds. The laws will follow.

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  1. It’s been argued that Lincoln once said, “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” I couldn’t agree more.

  2. The quote Alex is using is bogus. It appears nowhere in any of Lincoln’s articles, speeches, essays, or letters. If you are going to argue that he said this, you are really obliged to cite its source, Alex. All kinds of people, across the political and ideological spectrum, even members of Congress on the house floor, have used fake Lincoln quotes to try to advance whatever pet agenda they have. And the AR movement is no exception. Doing so is at best sloppy and ignorant, and at worst, grossly intellectually dishonest.

  3. Posting anonymous quotes is also bogus, but I agree that we should cite or otherwise source what we say. Credibility is vital. I, too, have never seen the original source of that quote, Alex, though I’d obviously like to. I’m sure Lincoln wasn’t vegan, though.If anyone is curious to see the source of the quote <>I<> used, please click through the title of the post to see it in its original context from a Lincoln-Douglas debate.

  4. “We need to change hearts and minds. The laws will follow.”Or grow them.We needed convince the current masses. We need only convince the future masses.This is why we should focus on children. Children raised vegetarian are more likely to go vegan than children raised omnivorous. Children raised to regard animals as beings worthy of rights and respect are more likely to act on behalf of animals. I honestly think most efforts to change adult opinion are wrong-headed. I think we should almost always focus on the kids.

  5. Wrong-headed might be pushing it. I’m glad no one gave up on me, even though I didn’t go vegan until I turned 30 (gulp!).I will be interested to hear what the panelists have to say at the Engaging Youth panel at AR2008.

  6. I agree with the quote. Though I think that once there is a threshold of changed hearts and minds, it doesn’t hurt to have lobbyists and political activists help to kick-start the law reformation process.

  7. The alleged quote from Lincoln may be spurious. Actually, as far as I know, Lincoln barely mentioned the phrase “human rights” in his writings and speeches. Though I suspect he’d be an advocate for both today.In any event, the case for animal rights and veganism is sufficiently compelling without fabricated quotes.

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