With Apologies to Honest Abe

by Peter Durantine

Fourscore and seven eons ago, our world brought forth a new species, conceived from the higher apes, and dedicated to the proposition that it could live in ecological harmony with the planet.

Now we are engaged in a great struggle, testing whether that species, or any such higher order species, can long endure in this world. Our generation is at a great crossroads of that struggle. We are here today to dedicate the remaining wild expanses of our planet to those who worked to preserve them so that this world of ours might live on. It is entirely proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense, it is not the work of past generations that will determine our fate, but rather the mindset of our present generation towards our planet. The world will little note what we say here, but will long remember what our actions were here: For our great purpose is to honor the legacy of those who dedicated their lives to preserving the natural wonders and ecosystems of our world for all future generations. We must here resolve that these people did not die in vain, and that this life-giving planet, this hallowed world upon which we make our home, shall not perish from the heavens.

About the Author

Peter Durantine

Peter Durantine is the author of a murder mystery/suspense novel, The Chocolate Assassin, and a crime novel, Leave the Canoli released on Kindle. He has been a journalist for nearly 30 years, writing on a range of subjects, from business and education to government and politics, and for such organizations as the Associated Press, Roll Call, The New York Times, Philadelphia Daily News and The Wilmington News-Journal. He was a co-founder and editor of The Burg, a monthly community newspaper for Harrisburg, PA. He now works as a staff writer for the Office of Communications at Franklin & Marshall College.