Posts tagged freedom
Sappho and Transcendence Through Poetry

How many famous women would you say you know from the ancient times? You could probably count them on the fingers on one of your hands.

It isn’t an accusation, nor is it an attempt to make you ignorant; it’s just painstaking reality of how little we know of women from the ancient times and beyond. History cares little for the success of women, and it’s usually the men who get all the attention. It’s a terrible reality that will take us forever to rectify.

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Hildegard of Bingen – The Mystic, the Author, the Composer

Not many know of Hildegard of Bingen, but then again, not everything is known of her with certainty, as she lived in the early 12th century and much about her is lost to the ages.

But despite that, she is still a prominent historical figure and a saint, credited as the founder of German scientific natural history.

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Marie Curie and Having Dreams That Bring the Future to the Present

Marie Curie, one of the greatest female scientists of all time once said: “Humanity needs practical men, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit.”

It is a long quote but arguably one of her greatest. She described what scientists need to be and how important it is for humanity to have scientists – the dreamers. 

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Simone de Beauvoir and Feminist Existentialism

With an extensive opus of writings and long-time work as a feminist and philosopher, Simone de Beauvoir is considered as one of the greatest existentialist philosophers. Besides that, she worked with a lot of other immensely prominent names, including her lover Jean-Paul Sartre, then Albert Camus, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. 

She created plenty of writings, including those on feminism, ethics, and politics, but she also wrote fiction.

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Mother Teresa and Caring for the Poorest Among Us

We all know Mother Teresa, a humble frail nun, who has dedicated her life to helping the poorest people of the world. 

Her calling can be surmised through the words of Jesus Christ, the words she kept saying throughout her life: “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.”

She dedicated her entire life to helping the people who most sorely needed help, and now everyone remembers her name, and deservingly so. 

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Wangari Maathai and the Fight for Human Rights and the Environment

When a fight has been going on for a long time, it can easily seem as if it will last forever. That’s what can we say about the never-ending fight for our human rights and the environment. 

These two wars look as if they will never end, and that all of us who only want to have a healthy and prospering world to live in feel as if we are the minority who can’t possibly win. 

But every once in a while, there comes a great thought leader, and most of us can delight in saying: “you see, there is hope yet.”

That’s something that we can say about Wangari Maathai, the great Kenyan environmental and human rights activist.

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Oprah Winfrey and the Power of Asking Questions

Most of us, if not all of us know about Oprah Winfrey. She is one of the richest women on the planet and one of the most influential celebrities. She was at one point, the only black billionaire in the world. Her show is one of the longest running and most successful shows ever and has inspired a whole new genre of talk shows around the globe.

Need we go on?

But how did she achieve all of this? One could argue that she made it here by asking questions, which is why we believe that the power of asking questions is truly a great one. Through questions and subsequent raising awareness of relevant issues in the world, you can bring about a positive change. You can bring lasting happiness for a great many humans across the globe – as Oprah did.

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J.K. Rowling and the Power of Imagination

The most excellent power every writer has is to move masses through their words. Think about it, a writer is a man or a woman who’s not in close contact with their vast audience, and yet they have the power to influence their lives by writing down what they imagine. 

Many writers have managed to do a lot with their texts and their books, and arguably one of the most influential writers of the modern age is J.K. Rowling. 

Yes, she earned a lot of money and popularity with her stories, and yes the magical world she created has become a massive part of modern pop culture, but there’s more to it than that. 

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Mahatma Gandhi – Peace and Truth at the Heart of Freedom

We all can agree that Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most exceptional human beings who has ever lived. His fight for freedom in the most nonviolent way imaginable is the stuff of legends, and deservingly so.

His actions have been studied for a long time and are essential knowledge we all should know. The man managed to free an entire country by relying on peace and truth only. He didn’t have to start a war, and he didn’t have to kill India’s oppressors.

Gandhi’s methods have inspired other prominent names of the 20th century like Martin Luther King Jr and James Bevel.

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