Prominent People of all time

Prominent People of all time

Who were the prominent people of all time? What made them go against the tide? What were they like? In this blog, we look at some of the greatest people to ever have walked on this land.

Ashoka, the Beloved (304BC-232BC)
(The only star still to shine so brightly)

Ashoka was an Indian Emperor, whose empire reigned over the entire present-day India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. During one of the battles, he chose the path towards peace after looking at the destruction caused by the war. The only king, among the thousands of kings, emperors to have ruled in this world, who gave up everything he had then and worked for the welfare of the people for his entire remaining life. He shone like a star and the light went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Well to do Personal Life
* A Good Environment

Che Guevara, the Rebel (1928-67)
(The fun loving guy who became the ultimate revolutionary defying the most powerful nation in the world)

Che Guevara was a revolutionary, who was exposed to poor people all throughout his life from his childhood. However, when he traveled through the breadth of South America, he got exposed to the extent of poverty in that area and made him change tracks of his life from a doctor to a guerrilla soldier to a revolutionary and then to “The Rebel” who defied the most powerful nation in the world. His life covered the entire spectrum of a man. From the earliest times of being a hippie to being the most looked upon “The Soldier of the Poor People”. He went all the way.How do you characterize a rebel? And a rebel like Che Guevara?

The problem with a rebel is you can hardly understand or characterize a rebel, even after several decades after death. They are outcast, unique & cannot be fitted into any mould. They come once in the entire lifetime of humans. It is very unlikely for a man like Che to walk on the land of Earth ever.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Tough Personal Life
* Had to struggle for a living in his early life
* Tough Environment

Van Gogh, the Nut (1853-90)
(His work completed his journey many years after his death)

Van Gogh put all his energy in his work (paintings), which was hardly worth a cent during his lifetime. He was dogged with mental illness all his life. However after his death several decades later, it became everything and more (priceless). His work went all the way.It would be hard not to imagine that Van Gogh was a man with immense love.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Tough Personal Life
* Had to struggle for a living all his early life
* A Good Environment

Siddhartha Buddha, the Awakened One (563BCE to 483 BCE)
(His teachings continue to enlighten the Indian Subcontinent)

Siddhartha Buddha was a prince, who decided to lead an ascetic life and meditated in search of truth. After a lot of meditation, he came out with the truths of life. If one follows them, one attains peace in himself. His thoughts went all the way.

He was the only prince to create a religion

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Well to do
* A Good Environment

Mohandas Gandhi, the Mahatma (1869-1948)
(The only guy to walk one’s country to freedom)

Mahatma Gandhi was an ordinary guy trying to make his living. He got thrown off the train for a petty seat (Racial abuse). He then decided to take the wheel of his life in his hands and spun our country into independence from foreign domination through non-violence (a leaf borrowed from Leo Tolstoy’s book). He became the most “Uncommon poor people’s guy” and the salt in him went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Had to struggle for a living all his early life
* Tough Environment

Abraham Lincoln, the Sprinter (1809-65)
(The only guy who successfully unified people of two races together)

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of U.S.A. There are a lot of sprinters who run their life. Some even run at the Olympic races to win medals. However, he was the only guy who won over two races at the same time. A feat incomparable in the history of mankind. He abolished slavery in U.S.A (unthinkable during his time) and made a step towards the unification of the black and the white people.Was the decision to abolish slavery a personal or political decision?

He was personally convinced that slavery should end and which translated into a political decision. He decided before the elections (before he became president) to end slavery? He knew he would be shot for this? And he eventually was.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Well to do
* A Good Environment

Albert Einstein, The Greatest Gambler (1879-1955)
(The first mind to bag the entire universe and time)

Albert Einstein was the most eminent scientist of all times. He was quoted in his life to say “God does not play dice”. But he did and won in style. He was the first guy to unite the dice of space and the dice of time together into one to build “The Space-Time Theory”, on which most of the science and technology is currently founded on. The dice of his imagination went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Had to struggle for a living all his early life
* Good Environment

Akbar, the Great (1542-1605)
(The first guy who successfully unified people of two religions together)

Akbar unified two diverse religions, the people of Hindu’s and Muslim’s together under his rule. He was the first guy to have done it successfully diplomatically in the Asian continent without much war and loss of life. He also had a tolerant attitude towards other religions too. A feat unthinkable and incomparable till today. His faith went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Good Personal Life
* Good Environment

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
(The guy who dwelled deep into the matters of mind)

Immanuel Kant was “the philosopher” whose work still influences metaphysics, ethics, law and history. He analyzed reason itself and came out with one of the most important derivations for us – “Mind can only think in terms of causality”. Hence we can never conclude whether the world always existed or had a cause. His reasoning went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Good Environment

Some other famous German philosophers during his time : Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 to 1900: Seldom has a man paid so great a price for genius), Schopenhauer ( 1788- 1860: The man with the Instinct:  The World as a Will and Representation). There were other philosophers like Voltaire (France), Spinoza (Israel) who changed the shape of philosophy.

Philosophy was given a new vigor by these Germans (Post Dark Ages) after the philosophy of the Greeks like Aristotle, Plato, Socrates (Pre Dark Ages). There were also Indian like Sankara, Valmiki & Vyasa and Chinese philosophers  Confucius (551 BCE-479BCE) in the pre-dark ages who made a mark.

Isaac Newton (1643-1727)
(The first guy to see light at the end of the dark ages)

Isaac Newton was “the scientist” who laid the basic scientific groundwork for the industrial revolution, one among the many other endeavors he undertook. His laws of motion shrunk the world, increased the productivity and heralded the progress of the West.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Good Environment

I always thought Isaac Newton was an Italian and Charles Darwin was an American. I was wrong on both counts. They were a product of England

Aristotle (384BC-322BC)
(Almost everyone is indebted to him)

Aristotle was the first multi-talented person whose range of interest covered science, poetry, music, logic, ethics, government, metaphysics, biology and more. He laid the basic framework of everything what we know today. Most of the philosophers, scientist had to either build or refute his theory. One can hardly measure the extent and influence of his work considering the period he lived in. (Several hundred years before Christ)

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Good Environment

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
(The foremost person to illuminate the world with his writings)

William Shakespeare was the most seminal writer of all times. His work included plays, poems and sonnets that defied age. The emotion portrayed by him in his writings underpins human behavior. His writings became “timeless”.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Good Personal Life
* Good Environment

Confucius (551 BCE-479BCE)
(The first man who saw nothing, hence everything)

Confucius was one of the earliest thinkers and philosophers of all time. He laid down the philosophy for personal and governmental morality which still influences a lot of Asian Countries like China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. A lot of his philosophy is very simple but still very relevant. One of his most well-known principle “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”. His principles became “boundless”

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Tough Personal Life
* Good Environment

Martin Luther King (1929-68)
(The youngest human activist icon)

Martin Luther King became the champion in removing racial segregation in America. He worked for the equal rights & upliftment of black people through non-violent means (a leaf borrowed out of Mahatma Gandhi’s book). He was joined by Rosa Parks in the struggle for civil rights. His humanity went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Tough Environment

Some other great people to think about:

  1. Lenin
  2. Leo Tolstoy
  3. Michelangelo
  4. Leonardo Da Vinci
  5. Jesus Christ
  6. Prophet Mohammad

(People with immense talent but they might have led to large scale destruction of life and property)

  1. Genghis Khan
  2. Hitler
  3. Alexander The Great

Is character and creativity (in leaders) independent of wealth, environment?

 A lot of leaders were poor all their life. Some were very rich. Some had excellent environment. And the others had a tough environment to get through. As we can see from above, a lot of leaders have character and creativity independent of wealth and the environment around them (And I always used to think wealth & environment has an effect on the leaders). On the contrary, they just believe in what they do and take it all the way.

# All data in this blog  is either from Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru, Wikipedia or Google

### Some of the things which apply to the leaders above and are hard to come by:

Quality is the art of focussing on a single thing on its route to becoming priceless

A Rebel is a person of the highest quality one can ever meet (Ashoka the Beloved, Che Guevara, Van Gogh). When one rebels against quantity power, quality springs forth in the person or when one Swim against the tide

Grace is when one does much without much ado

Caution: This might be all theory

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6 Responses to “Prominent People of all time”

  1. Deepak Says:

    People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in – Rosa Parks

  2. Deepak Says:

    You can learn German language in India at The Goethe Institute – “Max Mueller Bhavan”

    http://www.goethe.de/ins/in/lp/enindex.htm

  3. Deepak Says:

    A look at the various Revolutions created by these prominent people:

    Ideological Revolution (India, Greek – Pre 5th century, Europe esp Germans-16,17th Century)
    Industrial Revolution (England – 16th century)
    Nuclear Revolution (Germany 19th century)
    Electronic Revolution (America 20th century)

  4. Deepak Says:

    Rebel: A Rebel is a person of the highest quality one can ever meet (One who swims against the tide)-Che Guevara, Ashoka, the Beloved, Van Gogh
    https://loveandfearless.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/rebel/

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