This letter from Abraham Lincoln to his son's teacher (@_nitch) was an antidote to read after all I've read today about the Trump inauguration, especially his speech which was dark, vitriolic, without a moment's 'grace' as one reporter mentioned, and frankly, quite frightening:
"Respected teacher, my son will have to learn that all men are not just, all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero; that for every selfish politician, there is a dedicated leader... It will take time, I know; but teach him, if you can...to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong. Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with the tough... Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders; but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob…and to stand and fight if he thinks he is right. Treat him gently; but do not cuddle him because only the test of fire makes fine steel... Teach him to always have sublime faith in himself because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind. This is a big order; but see what you can do. He is such a fine little fellow, my son."