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A few words of advice from Abraham Lincoln

"Progress" is both a verb and a noun, meaning to advance fast-forward for gradual betterment, especially the progressive development of humankind.

Abraham Lincoln advocated a "tum dee dai dee" Buddhist-like tolerance and compassion, declaring "When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion." I offer a few more of Lincoln's homespun philosophical gems to respectfully help guide Army General Prayuth Chan-ocha and the National Council for Peace and Order:

l "Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

l "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts."

l "If you forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."

l "These men ask for just the same thing, fairness and fairness only. This, so far as it is in my power, they, and all others, shall have."

l "He has a right to criticise, who has a heart to help."

l "The people will save the government if the government itself will allow them."

l "Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government and form a new one that suits them better."

l "Our defence is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy that spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors."

l "I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end."

No Holds Bard

Dr Charles Frederickson

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