This week’s New York magazine (soon to become biweekly, such is the fate of print these days) has a page of fun quotations from the late, much-missed Peter Kaplan, irrepressible former editor of the once-indispensable New York Observer. Here’s the one that really grabbed me:
I hate to ask such a Reagan-like question, but: Why was [Abraham] Lincoln given to us? Did God really hand him to the American nation? How else to explain him?
Not to belabor the point, but we might reflect upon the same question in regard to Nelson Mandela. The only answer, surely, is the grace of God.