Curiosity and Legacy

Being a little more removed from the US presidential elections this time around has been a bit of a relief. I’m still horrified that there’s even a question over which of the two candidates will win (Obama’s too right-wing for me, but that’s US politics for you), but at least we’re outside the myopic gaze of what passes for the media on that side of the pond.

Slacktivist is, of course, right on the money about the travesty that is Sarah Palin’s candidacy, and it was that which came to mind as I watched video of Doris Kearns Goodwin talk at TED about Abraham Lincoln’s thirst for knowledge and quest to educate himself. Her talk is well worth a listen, but be warned it may leave any watcher of contemporary presidential politics dispirited.

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