“I do not seek applause, nor to amuse the people, I want to convince them.” —Abraham Lincoln
David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften AUTHOR'S VOICE® The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address
In the beginning, we did not intend to write about Lincoln's speeches. But discoveries happened. Our discoveries were not an accident. They were serendipity.
In a biography of psychiatrist Dr. Nathan Kline (David Hirsch's great uncle), Meredith Platt discussed Dr. Kline's early major discoveries, and then pointed out:
"Was this just an accident? Kline had seized upon an incidental reaction to a drug being used for other purposes. He had noticed it calmed agitated patients. But his discovery was not an accident; it was serendipity. Morton Meyers explains the difference. In his book Happy Accidents he writes,
"Physiologist Walter B. Cannon thought the ability to seize on serendipity was the mark of a major scientist.
"Nathan Kline had all the ingredients: a background and personality that prepared him to break out of established paradigms, penetrating intelligence, and the confidence to know he had found a solution." Platt, Meredith, Storming the Gates of Bedlam (2012), 31-32.
If we had set out to find how Lincoln wrote his speeches, we likely would have missed it. We found it because events put us in a position to see it.
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