Carmen and I obtained copies of these letters on June 22, 2000.
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"Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention.Like Lincoln, I believe that split-mind thinking will not long endure.
"If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
"We are now far into the fifth year, since a policy was initiated, with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed.
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
"I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. . . . "
" And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? " Matthew 12:25 - 26Jesus "knew their thoughts" and he compared their thinking to a house divided.
"The key you threw away God gave your brother, whose holy hands would offer it to you when you were ready to accept His plan for your salvation in place of yours. How could this readiness be reached save through the sight of all your misery, and the awareness that your plan has failed, and will forever fail to bring you peace and joy of any kind? Through this despair you travel now, yet it is but ILLUSION of despair. The death of specialness is not YOUR death, but your awaking into life eternal. You but emerge from an illusion of what you are to the acceptance of yourself as God created you."If you are among the fortunate few who have failed spectacularly and repeatedly to reach the impossible goal of salvation by means of your own pitiful schemes, please learn to appreciate the lessons. There is no need for guilt, regret or self recrimination for your many painful blunders in life. They are a tool for your awakening. How else could you become ready to accept the need to awaken, except through the awareness that your plan has failed?
"What do your scripts reflect except your plans for what the day SHOULD be? And thus you judge disaster and success, advance, retreat, and gain and loss. These judgments all are made according to the roles the script assigns. The fact they have no meaning in themselves is demonstrated by the ease with which these labels change with other judgments, made on different aspects of experience. And then, in looking back, you think you see another meaning in what went before. What have you really done, except to show there WAS no meaning there? But you assigned a meaning in the light of goals that change, with every meaning shifting as they change."Your plans for success come from the ego, and the ego wants you to fail. If the voice for the ego is strong in you and you manage to play the world's game by the rules of the world, you can generate the illusion of success. Your continues slumber will continue undisturbed. The ego wins and you die.