Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Gautam Mukunda: Abraham Lincoln, Avatar of History .
Big Think: Gautam Mukunda: Abraham Lincoln, Avatar of History
Political scientist and author Guatam Mukunda believes Abraham Lincoln's humility derived from his unique mind and sense of destiny.
Mukunda's latest book is "Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter" --http://goo.gl/HGshO
Transcript -- Abraham Lincoln's humility comes from a lot of places, but it probably starts with his sense of empathy. We know a remarkable amount about him for someone who was born in the early 19th century. Even when he was a child he demonstrated extraordinary empathy and willingness to reach out to the people around him. Even to animals. And it's hard to imagine what sort of the Old West was like, but this is when everyone sort of... torturing animals for fun and for sports was a casual -- everybody did that. And we have many sort of quite reliable stories that he not only absolutely refused to participate in that but would stop other people from doing it when he saw it -- something that was sort of remarked upon as a strange characteristic from this young boy. (read more)