3. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence
Over the years many people have had significant influence on me, but the one that has had the greatest influence on me is Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s influence on me does not come in the form of any corporeal matter but through his comprehension of responsibility. Responsibility, according to Lincoln meant being in control of our own choices and decisions. This means accepting full blame or acclaim for our actions. He knew that success is not easily obtained unless one learns to accept responsibility.
Abraham Lincoln’s life testifies of his idea of responsibility; he recognized his responsibility to preserve the union. Lincoln, who quickly established his priorities as president, accepted responsibility and embraced his duty. On December 1, 1862, during his message to congress, Abraham Lincoln observed, “In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity”, clarifying the significance of responsibility. Lincoln is often regarded as the most successful president in American history; this honor did not, come without a price.
The Civil War, that fueled the assault upon the nation soon after Lincoln’s rise to the presidency, would last for four years. The days (6 to be exact) immediately following General Robert E. Lee’s surrender and the end of the war, culminated in Lincoln’s assassination. The adversities that Lincoln overcame during his presidency indisputably deserve recognition. Before Lincoln, all the presidents ignored the issue of slavery; Lincoln fearlessly confronted the issue that had intimidated every other president and responsibly quelled all further debate about it. Lincoln knew as president that it was his responsibility to ensure that every man, black or white was entitled to enjoy their natural rights (rights of life, liberty and property).
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In his Gettysburg Address, Lincoln again highlighted this responsibility. He proclaimed, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Today I firmly agree that Lincoln succeeded because of his ability to accept responsibility.
Responsibility must first be cultivated in us before we can employ it in our lives. My freshmen year in high school got off to a very rough start. I began high school full of selfish ambitions to become one of the brightest students. My selfish nature and egotistical convictions compelled me to believe that I was brighter than some of my teachers. Hubris induced me to challenge my teachers during their lectures. Alas, I vulgarly questioned my algebra 1 teacher’s slow teaching methods during class. When the incident mounted out of control, I threatened her. As any responsible teacher would, she promptly told me to report to the office.
There was no escape; no chance of shifting the blame to others. I was at the mercy of the school principal, and I needed every bit of leniency he was willing to show me. Expulsion was imminent, but all the students in the class were also willing to back me up if I lied because they all hated the teacher. When the principal enquired of me to explain my part of the situation, I knew that I could not condescend into a liar to evade punishment. These were my actions and I was willing to bear the consequences. The principal along with numerous teachers trusted me. I knew that telling the truth would damage my reputation greatly; but nevertheless I accepted responsibility and confessed my misconduct.
I was suspended for quite some time and lost the trust of many of my teachers but I was not discouraged. I had learned from Lincoln that the burden of responsibility is not easy to bear. Though I had lost the trust of various teachers, I still possessed a speck of self integrity and a sense of responsibility because I surmounted the benefit of lying. In the same way, Lincoln could have disregarded the issue of slavery and possibly avoided the Civil War but he adhered to responsibility. When I finally returned to school, I approached the teacher during lunch time one day and expressed my shame for my actions and apologized. The teacher was amazed by the complete transformation in my tone and actions but did not know how this dramatic transformation had occurred.
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Like my algebra teacher, I was also unaware of what I had acquired from studying Lincoln until that incident put me to test. Though the path toward regaining my reputation would be hard, I was willing to endure. My present success and achievements can be accredited to Lincoln and his unbridle desire to embrace responsibility. From my studies of Lincoln, I have learned the essence of responsibility.