From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
You and I are bearing witness, right now, to something.It isn’t necessarily the words you and I trot
out; no, it’s the person we are that bears witness to that something. Those you
and I are close to are absorbing that something and emulating us.
Are you proud of that witnessing? Only you can answer that.
At a spontaneous, celebratory White House serenade on the day Lee surrendered - and the Civil War was all but over - Lincoln said, "I have always thought 'Dixie' one of the best tunes I have ever heard. Our adversaries over the way attempted to appropriate it but I insisted that we fairly captured it. I presented it to the Attorney General and he gave it as his legal opinion that it is our lawful prize. I now request the band to favor me with its performance.'"