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Name inspiring people who are not with us anymore, whom you think will swept the TED stage and transform the world.

"The truth -- that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way—an honorable way—in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment." -Man's Search for Meaning, Part One, "Experiences in a Concentration Camp", Viktor Frankl

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    Mar 27 2011: You can also take a look at this already finished conversation: which dealt with basically the same topic.

    Looking forward to new answers here!
    • Mar 28 2011: i appreciate that.. you were right in your response that we all need appropriate perspective and motivation to use up all the advances that exist..
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        Jun 28 2011: Jam, I just saw Viktor Frankl's video today and maybe we can suggest to TED to have a transcript of his video also and all other TED videos. Sometimes I find it easier to read the transrcipts and understand more the talks, it's the same reason I think for translating the talks into other languages. Thank you.
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    Jun 28 2011: Jam, there are many great people indeed who have energized and continue to energize both our hearts and our minds and I believe it is so far sustaining our world. With our unjust world today, we need to expound the same power to energize our hearts and minds and enable us to hand over the legacy of a just and happy world for our children.

    Looking from my own culture, it would be Jesus Christ. You can say that Jesus had somehow foresaw the importance of our humanism or our love for one another in sustaining our scientific advances to effectively and efficiently care for one another. Our scientific and technological knowledge as of today is enough to take care of everybody and our problem is the lacking power of our hearts to care and be truly happy.

    Today our unjust world demands sacrifice, but I believe not as far as the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus did. We may need make only little sacrifices - our wastes and excesses, improve our systemic efficiencies and effectiveness, understanding our underlying unity - all from simply understanding the source of our true happiness - our love, our relationships and our true inner worth.
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    Jun 28 2011: "War doesn’t decide who is right, war decides who is left." — Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)
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    Mar 28 2011: Hazrat Mohammad P.B.U.H. is found to be the source of inspiration and the ultimate guide to all humanity, by the deeds and the ways to be followed to find the blissful life here and hereafter :)