Andrew posted a necessary reminder over on Tumblr that the holiday of Thanksgiving was instituted by Abraham Lincoln. It was in 1863, in the midst of the U.S. Civil War, and the holiday served two purposes. First and foremost, it was a reminder to the citizens of the United States of the blessings they shared even in the midst of the country’s bloodiest conflict. Second, though, it was a reminder to the people that some conflicts were necessary and that while all yearned for harmony, they had to bear up under a disharmony en route to a higher one.

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