We at Kairos are a company that spends much of its time thinking, dreaming, planning and working towards the future. Our products very strongly focus on taking the identification technology of tomorrow and making them available today.
It is equally important to us, though, to remember our past; to reflect on how things have changed over the centuries. One of Kairos’ defining characteristics is the diversity embodied in our team.
206 years ago one of The United States’ most influential politicians was born. Abraham Lincoln would go on lead the nation through some of its most difficult times. He also led the United States through rapid modernization and reform of the economy, the influence of which is still obvious today.
Abraham Lincoln's Biggest Challenge
By far the biggest issue affecting Abraham Lincoln when he was in power though was entrenched racism and slavery - so much so that for a time the United States was definitely not united - a number of the states seceded and formed the Confederate States of America.
Despite this, and there being bitter warfare within the states of America, Lincoln survived the Civil War as President. His Gettysburg Address of 1863 is considered the iconic statement of America's dedication to the principles of nationalism, republicanism, equal rights, liberty, and democracy. He succeeded in ensuring slavery was abolished.
Lincoln himself, was not to survive much longer, however, as he was assassinated on April 15, 1865. He may not have been able to see his ideals and policies in practice, but he certainly left a legacy behind that remains evident to this day.
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
We at Kairos, like many American citizens will not actually be able to take a day off to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. But we can take a moment to reflect on how his bravery and willingness to fight for his ideals have influenced us. How would the United States be now if he had not fought for what he truly believed in all those years ago?
Of course, we also wonder how Lincoln would have reacted to the technology we have now. What would have been his attitude to quick, simple and positive identification, simply from a picture of a face (photography itself was in its infancy in his day)?
If you are in a state that celebrates Abraham Lincoln Birthday, or Presidents Day, have a relaxing and enjoyable break.