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From the first appearance of man upon the earth, down to very recent times, the words "stranger" and "enemy" were quite or almost, synonymous. Long after civilized nations had defined robbery and murder as high crimes, and had affixed severe punishments to them, when practiced among and upon their own people respectively, it was deemed no offence, but even meritorious, to rob, and murder, and enslave strangers, whether as nations or as individuals. Even yet, this has not totally disappeared. The man of the highest moral cultivation, in spite of all which abstract principle can do, likes him whom he does know, much better than him whom he does not know. To correct the evils, great and small, which spring from want of sympathy, and from positive enmity, among strangers, as nations, or as individuals, is one of the highest functions of civilization. Abraham Lincoln

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From

the

first

appearance

of

man

upon

the

earth



down

to

very

recent

times



the

words

"stranger"

and

"enemy"

were

quite

or

almost



synonymous



Long

after

civilized

nations

had

defined

robbery

and

murder

as

high

crimes



and

had

affixed

severe

punishments

to

them



when

practiced

among

and

upon

their

own

people

respectively



it

was

deemed

no

offence



but

even

meritorious



to

rob



and

murder



and

enslave

strangers



whether

as

nations

or

as

individuals



Even

yet



this

has

not

totally

disappeared



The

man

of

the

highest

moral

cultivation



in

spite

of

all

which

abstract

principle

can

do



likes

him

whom

he

does

know



much

better

than

him

whom

he

does

not

know



To

correct

the

evils



great

and

small



which

spring

from

want

of

sympathy



and

from

positive

enmity



among

strangers



as

nations



or

as

individuals



is

one

of

the

highest

functions

of

civilization



Abraham

Lincoln



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