At the height of a corrosive civil war, Lincoln named this as the day for the nation to give thanks. We are as acrimonious now as during that war—divided by a bitter election, opposed in our views about the role of government, the deficit, religion, healthcare, immigration, gender rights, energy and illegal drugs. Outside our country, earth’s larger problems loom: climate change, wars and the threat of fiscal collapse.
In the midst of these contradictions, we offer profound gratitude.
Quoting Leonard Pitts:
“Giving thanks is always a good idea because it reminds us that there is in us a need—and an ability—to reconcile disparate pieces, to draw them together as Lincoln did, into a greater whole.”