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Better angels of our nature WIP by the0phrastus Better angels of our nature WIP by the0phrastus
Sketching ideas in ArtRage on the Ugee 2150, about twenty minutes. I was thinking about Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address in 1861, which ends with the following famous lines, prophetic in tone and intent as he urged his listeners (and readers) to think about a future version of a nation that would no longer be divided--one where "the better angels of our nature" had shown us a better way forward:

...We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

And I was thinking, what if we aren't friends, those bonds of affections have broken, and (here's the title of this one) there's "No help at all from the better angels of our nature"?

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