From the new issue of Newsweek: Who Was More Important: Lincoln or Darwin? Is Newsweek serious? This is the most absurd question and pairing I have ever heard.
I believe the only reason writer Malcolm Jones paired Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin at all was due to the trivial fact that they were born on the same date in history, Feb. 12, 1809... and they were both famous. Big coincidence. Big deal.
I was born April 1st, 1970. Which do you think was more important? My birth or one of the following events which also occured on April 1st, 1970:
• Odessa, Texas (where I was raised) was the first city in Texas to have the Emergency 911 Dialing System which began on April 1st, 1970
• Phil Spector brought in Ringo Starr to add drum fills to the track "The Long and Winding Road" on April 1st, 1970, the very last session where any work on a Beatles track was done featuring a member of the band. Therefore, this counts as the Beatles' last session.
• President Nixon signed a bill into law banning cigarette ads from radio and television on April 1st, 1970
• Color TV was first broadcast in Sweden on April 1st 1970
• The unbelievably ugly AMC Gremlin was introduced to the world on April 1st 1970
You see,... I was born the same day that these things happened, yet there is no way to consider which of these things were "more important" until we define what is "important".
The question asked about Lincoln and Darwin is "Who was more important?". That is strictly a matter of opinion based on what one deems to be "important".
To a Beatles fan,...
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