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Your Inspirational Figure

Post the names or links to people that have greatly inspired you in your lives. During my brief time here in TED, I've already realized just how inspirational, creative, and intellectual our community is. It would be very interesting and exciting to find out who inspired all of you as I'm sure our contributions in this thread will most certainly inspire future TEDsters.

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    Apr 7 2011: The most inspiring people to me are the humble people who are honourable and loving in the harshest of conditions. The people who- in the midst of the worst that life and humanity throw at them maintain integrtiy and the ability to love. Sure i am inspired by Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa. - but what about the people who share when they have so little or the Rosa Parks or the mothers who find a way to care for their kids in the midst of famines, the dads who give their lives to protect their kids and the grandparents who step up to care for another generation when AIDS has killed theirown kids?
    These people make me proud to be human and they make me hope that I could do as well if faced with their situations.
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      Apr 8 2011: Couldn't have put it better. Thanks very much for sharing with us Debra. Appreciate it.
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      Apr 18 2011: beautifully said Debra..and so true...
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      Apr 8 2011: You reminded me of my grandfather from my mothers side, who was one of ten children. Stalin's dirty regime took my great grandfather who never returned so my grandfather had to support the whole family from a very young age. At 15, he had to go to WW2 where he got a hero's medal and returned at 19. After that, he became the leader and governor of my hometown Yeghegnadzor here in Armenia. He was a very powerful man and a very deep inspiration for me, as well. I miss him every day. Thank you for bringing back many great memories Birdia. Here's to both of our grandfathers. Cheers! :)
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    Apr 6 2011: My heroes are those who died for what they believed in or those who died doing what they believe.

    I have limited that statement to those who have done so as a positive notion to the human race.

    Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Gandhi, the list goes on...

    However, I take ideas from everyone to determine which are the best, how do I figure which are the best you ask? Any idea that is for the better of everyone not just a few or some or even one. What works best for everyone probably will work best for an individual anyways.

    Anyone with the overall idea of equality and love in their ideals is grade A in my book.
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    Apr 6 2011: whatever i ever thought of, ludwig von mises analysed in detail hundred years ago. quite humbling experience.
  • Apr 6 2011: Gandalf.

    Seriously, Gandalf, from the Lord of the Rings. Within that character are embodied many of the values and attributes I believe people need to take to their own hearts for our existence to be continued.
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    Apr 6 2011: Once one's needs are met, the needs of others is all that's left.

    My inspiration for this quote is Mother Teresa. From what I know of her, she lived it. I am only beginning to understand the concept but in my heart I think it's true.
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      Apr 6 2011: Man lynn from the girl who says "love is a level of connecting" and while having Mother Teresa as an inspiration... I cannot see how it is not clear for you connecting is a result of love.

      Did your ideas about this change at all? If not I would enjoy that debate with you further.
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        Apr 7 2011: Love is still the result of connecting in my opinion. Love is nonexistent without connection. Love is the feeling of an intense connection.

        Mother Teresa (though she would call it all love coming from a religious tradition) embodied living through connections, i.e., empathy, concern, and compassion for her fellow human beings.

        I do not try to lower love's esteem, I try to elevate the significance of the connections all around us.
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          Apr 7 2011: Well put,

          How are there any connections without love? Indeed she would say her love is based on a God however that God was also love to her.

          The connections that surround us, how is love not one of them and a level of connection?

          Love is a connector not a level?
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    Apr 6 2011: One of my greatest inspirations has got to be Komitas who was an Armenian priest, composer, choir leader, singer, music ethnologist, music pedagogue, musicologist and nothing short of a genius! Many regard him as the founder of modern Armenian classical music and he has done so much that I don't even know where to start so I'll just link you. He changed all of Armenia single handedly and helped not only Armenia but many other countries, as well. I pay my obeisances to him, as have millions before me, including many of the most influential figures of the 20th and 21st century. I am eternally grateful.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komitas_Vardapet
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    Apr 18 2011: Buckminster Fuller..he bgean his career with a question "How can One Life Be Meaningful to humanity" Before he began he went into silence with that question for two years ( he didn't know it would be so long) and he emetged with a set of rules..principles, guidelines on which his career was based..about two weeks befire he died he wrote an unpublished essay ( which is on scribd..and which I will serach for and post here) addressed to the young people of future generations reflecting on his life long experiment in how one person's life can be valuable to all of humanity. Ir's moving and very powerful. In essence it says what I know in my core ..that when we stand up to serve others everything we need to do the work will somehow be given to us.
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    Apr 11 2011: Jesus Christ and Rene Descartes and Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.
  • Apr 7 2011: There are so many to name but the first figure I found inspirational was Rosa Parks. I remember as an 8-year-old reading her story and feeling inspired to always fight for the injustice.
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    Apr 7 2011: John Lennon - his music and his message. "Just gimme some truth."
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    Apr 7 2011: I wish to name three inspirational people in my case. Karen Armstrong would be one, M. L. King, another and my life coach, whose name I will not disclose.