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How do Lincoln’s values relate to Jainism’s non-violence? Read on…”’Lincoln’ rekindles equality”
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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He preserved the Union during the U.S. Civil War and was best known for bringing about the emancipation of slaves. Even though he was strong, a talented wrestler, and proficient with an axe, Lincoln disliked killing and harming animals, even for food. In this article Dr. Manoj Jain explores the connections between Abraham Lincoln's philosophy of equality and the practice of non violence which is at the core of Jainism. Jainism is an ancient religion centered on the principles of non violence, respecting everyone's perspectives equally, and living in harmony with the environment.

Below is an excerpt:

‘Lincoln’ rekindles equality

- by Dr. Manoj Jain

"On Thanksgiving weekend, with family and friends, I watched Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece "Lincoln.” It was a history lesson on racial inequality. Abraham Lincoln championed the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, paving the way for the 15th Amendment in 1869, giving African Americans and other racial minorities the right to vote. The movie also hinted at gender inequality, when nearly all the members of the House of Representatives stood up in protest when one Congressman mentioned that one-day women might be given the right to vote.

But for me, more than teaching a history lesson, the movie rekindled the universal ethic very much emphasized in the Eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and my own religion of Jainism: equality among all living beings. It also led me to revisit my stance on the divisive political debate about income inequality." read more...

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Together, let's continue the momentum and share with the larger community how the implementation of Jain values can be a profound impact not just on personal levels, but political as well.

About the author:
Dr. Manoj Jain is an infectious disease physician in Memphis and a writer whose writings have appeared in The Washington Post, the Commercial Appeal and The New York Times.

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