Happy Birthday, Mr Darwin

Lincoln freed bodies. This man freed minds.

Lincoln freed bodies. This man freed minds.

For those who don’t know, today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Go, Abe! Question for anyone who might know: why does “Lincoln” have a silent “l” in it?

But Lincoln’s birthday is overshadowing the birthday of someone who is arguably more important and had a larger impact around the world, one Charles Darwin, born on the same day in 1809.

Lincoln was a great president and a great man who helped free the bodies of the slaves around the country and fought to preserve the union. Darwin, on the other hand, helped free the minds of generations from the shackles of ignorance and religion and gave us a different, scientific point of view as to, well, The Origin Of Species.

For those who are interested, Roger Ebert, of all people, has written a piece praising Darwin. It’s intelligent and interesting, like everything he writes, and I highly recommend it.

To all those who continue to cling to “intelligent” design or belief in a god, hey, it’s 2009. Wake up and get with the 21st century, ok? To those who say Darwin recanted and had a nice heart-to-heart with Elizabeth Hope, no, he didn’t. Accept it. Move on. Even if by some chance he had recanted, it doesn’t matter. If Columbus had suddenly started saying, “Hey, the world is flat!”, that wouldn’t have made it so. Darwin’s theories have stood the test of time and science and that’s good enough for me.