A few years ago I learned about a man named Norman Borlaug. He was an American scientist who won the nobel peace prize, congressional gold medal, and the presidential medal of freedom for his work. Simplified, he created stronger varieties of wheat that were more resistant to disease and yielded more.
It was later determined that with the timing of his advancements, he had saved over 1 billion people from starvation. I don’t need to tell a community like this how amazing and inspirational that is, but I do think it’s a shame that few have ever heard of such a distinguished man.
Who are your favorite inspirational/awesome/unique people?
What did they do?
What other amazing people are out there that I have never heard of?
Nikola Tesla invented electrical induction motor, alternating current power systems, etc. Michael Faraday studied magnetism, discovered the laws that govern electricity generation. Louis Pasteur discoved the germ. John Von Neumann created software, and added to many fields including physics, economics, and mathematics. James Clerk Maxwell unified optics and magnetism, discovered that light was composed of electromagnetic waves. Buckminster Fuller was a prodigy and inventor, known for discovering the geodesic sphere, and creating the only flat map without abberations, etc. Freeman Dyson is a physicist, famous for introducing the idea known as the Dyson’s Sphere, Dyson is a free thinking genius. Alan Turing for one is a mathematician, leading decrypter of the German enigma machine, he was one of the most important originators of computer science. He committed suicide by eating a cyanide laced apple, this symbol of an apple with a missing bite, later became the logo for Apple, this was inspired by Turing.
We are surrounded by so many amazing people. We all know, personally, a lot of incredible people that seem to be on a such a vibration that happiness just shines through them. All of us here, are growing and on the same path to a higher vibration.
Jim Morrison was the first rock star that showed us through his work how awesome the other side was, and he wanted us to follow him! :-)
I know personally too many people to put them all here haha :-D
What did he do? He was the first black heavyweight boxing champion, and he was a badass in general. This was back in the early 1900s, when black people were not respected.
Before he became a boxer, he was a dockworker, a BULLFIGHTER, a nightclub owner, a jazz musician, a stage actor, and a bunch of other shit. Then he became heavyweight champion, which pissed off the whites something awful. He even gave speeches to the KKK about sportsmanship, fair play and the golden rule. That’s balls for ya. The ballsiness doesn’t stop there, he had a pet leopard and he took it out for walks daily. Speaking of balls, his balls had a fun life too, not only did he ravage white women in days when that was forbidden, he also fucked some of his era’s most desired women who are remembered to this day. Sex symbols Mae West and Lupe Velez, the german spy Mata Hari, Moulin rouge star Misinguette, among many others. He was also a spy in World war 1, possibly a double agent for the USA and Germany.
In 1913 he was sent to prison for violating the Mann act by “transporting a woman across state borders for immoral purposes.” The case in question happened before the Mann act was even passed, and the woman was his wife-to-be. But even in prison, his awesomeness didn’t end, he invented a new type of wrench which became very popular, WHILE IN PRISON.
This guy was undeniably fucking awesome.
Leif Eriksson, “The American viking.”
What he did? He “discovered” America, or Vingaard as they called it back then, he set sail from Iceland and found a new continent. This was back in the day when people thought the world had an edge you could fall off, and when you couldn’t conserve a shitload of food to bring on the ship. He just assumed people were wrong about the “edge of the world” and that there was more land to the west. And he found it, and he made it back, probably sporting a big smug-ass grin saying “I told you bros, I told you! Suck it, bitches!”
Another undeniably awesome person.
Stephen Wiltshire, he’s a British architectural artist diagnosed with autism. He spent 20 minutes in a helicopter above the city of NY, when he came down he made this:
What really caught my attention was that he’s not known because of his disorder, the media has been bombarding us (the people) with stupid ads about special people and how pitiful it is that they were born that way or are living that way, when it is completely normal for them and to a certain extent it’s even less complicated. I love the fact that he has not suffered (greatly) from this pejorative behavior, it has been the little push that we all need to become extraordinary. He is now Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to art and owner of a permanent gallery in London.
Albert Einstein needs no introduction and current holder of our universe. :)
Xanana Gusmao: the current Prime Minister of East Timor, previous president of the same country, and revolutionary leader who opposed Indonesian occupation and genocidal acts in East Timor.
This man is truly amazing, and to me he is an example of the ideal balance between thought and action. In his younger days, he took action with FRETILIN, a socialist organization that helped educate and feed illiterate Timorese children. Gusmao, and the organization took up arms against the long-lasting repressive Indonesian occupation, in which thousands were killed or disappeared. He was so troublesome to the Indonesian occupation that they put out an arrest warrant on him, captured him, and imprisoned him.
He was imprisoned for 7 years but still held his leadership position in the resistance movement. Nelson Mandela visited Gusmao while he was in prison and Mandela. When the occupation and ensuing genocide finally stopped, Gusmao was released from prison and began leading the reconstruction of his destroyed nation. He eventually became the first president of the new country and is now the PM.
He hasn’t had the same media attention as other social movers, maybe because his country is so small, but the way he always conducted himself with right thought and right action gives me a lot of hope.
1. Hitler? although his actions were perceived as negative. Actions and words were powerful.
2. Dr. Suess? Not only a great artist but he used real parts of dead animals in his sculptures and hung them on a plain wood mount.
3.Dalai Lama. Got to put him due to balance out the negative above.