Note — Recently readers had the chance to invite anybody from history to discuss their life and times and why the reader was interested in that person. Language and time are not problems.
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With that preamble, on with the show.
Out of the Pages of Life and History —
Who do you invite and why? The invitees speak your language regardless of where they come from, when they lived and no matter the changes that might have taken place in the world. The people you invite can share thoughts and insights with you or with each other. Your selection tells about your values, so you need to think carefully about the three you invite. No doubt there are many people who might be considered, but you can choose only three. Which three will you choose?
Don’t be afraid; there are no right choices, only your choices. We are all different. Your choices reflect your interests; mine reflect my interests. Remember that fear is the mind-killer.
My Choices and Reasons —
There are tens of thousands interesting people who have lived or are alive today. A few examples are: Socrates, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Lao Tzu, Adolf Hitler, Neil Armstrong, Winston Churchill, Muhammad Ali, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mark Twain, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles Lindberg, Mao Tse-tung, Nelson Mandela, Joan Baez, Satchmo Armstrong, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Warren, Jonas Salk, a relative and many more.
In this second round, here are my three choices and the reasons I chose them.
Socrates — This Greek philosopher who lived in the 5th century BCE is best known for his method of teaching through questions. He believed that it taught his students to think for themselves. His philosophy was so disturbing to the politicians of that period that they condemned him to death. Since I strongly share his belief in getting people to think for themselves, I want to engage in a dialogue with him.
Rudolf Nureyev — This famous Russian ballet dancer and choreographer was renowned for his athleticism and astounding leaps. On the two occasions when I attended his Swan Lake ballet, I was blown away by his power and athleticism. Not only did his defection cause an international sensation, America benefitted from his decision. He died of heart inflamation at the young age 56. I would like to learn how he chose dance, why he left Russia and how that affected him.
Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke — This superbly educated, widely traveled and multi-talented woman lived and wrote during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. In her engaging book, “Sweet Swan of Avon”, Shakespearean scholar Robin Williams has presented convincing proof that Mary Sidney wrote the sonnets and plays attributed to William Shakespeare, facts that the men put forth as the author lack. I’d like to discuss the anti-female conventions of the period, how she wrote the material that we attribute to Shakespeare and why the mistaken attribution.
These are my choices for some thought-provoking conversations. You will notice that this time there is a female. Although I readily admit that there are many more outstanding women throughout history, there may be room for some psychologizing there.
Harking back to my opening note, let’s hear about your choices. Don’t hold back. Give us a look into your thinking process.
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