Scattered Rhymes

Two printed pages with the beginning of Petrarch's Canzone 323, Standomi Un Giorno. Petrarch is depicted at his window, overlooking the first of his six visions.

Unrequited love can crush a person’s soul. Not for Petrarch, who channeled it to provide us one of the most celebrated poetry collections; the poetry that is personal, original, fleeting, and encompasses all possible depiction of emotions that love, desire, and hope can bring forth.

Democratization of Currency

"We have elected to put our money and faith in a mathematical framework that is free of politics and human error." – Tyler Winklevoss

Post-modernists are a disenchanted lot. They have lost faith in governments, governmental institutes, and regulatory authorities. The monetary policy of a country is decided by a handful of people who have the power to affect the lives of millions of people, and postmodernists are bent on wrenching this power back from the central banks. Their weapon of choice: ‘The Blockchain.’

Aristotle

Bust of Aristotle. Marble, Roman copy after a Greek bronze original by Lysippos from 330 BC

Aristotle is synonymous with ancient Greek tradition, and is the foundation on which almost all Western thought is pried upon. A brilliant philosopher, Aristotle authored and framed several discourses on a wide range of subjects from ethics, economics, politics, and logic.

On the Soul

Raphael, The School of Athens, 1509–1511, fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City

Plato is believed to have mentored Aristotle, and yet, their philosophies are miles apart. Where Plato is vague, Aristotle is vivid, where Plato is an idealist, Aristotle is a rationalist and a realist. This results in a very interesting dichotomy: The liege vs the prodigy, and Idealism vs Realism.

Father of Psychoanalysis

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” – Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud is considered the father of psychoanalysis. Together with his colleagues, Freud developed and refined several psychoanalytical techniques and paved inroads into the fields of psychology.

Remarkable Scientist

“Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.”

Louis Pasteur is one of the most remarkable names in the field of medicine. From a humble beginning, he grew up to make extraordinary contributions to society, including the vaccines for rabies and anthrax, and the processes of Pasteurization and Sterilization. His love for science stemmed from everyday problems that people faced regularly.

From a Tanner’s Son, to a Famous Scientist

Louis Pasteur and russian doctor Leonid Ivanovich Voinov, with russian children cured of rabies, 1886

Louis Pasteur believed he could do anything as long as he put his mind and heart into it. His inquisitiveness helped him overcome his apprehensions. Pasteur’s desire to help others and excel in the field of science paved the way for changing the course of medicinal history.

Great Soul

Mahatma Gandhi leads Satyagraha against discriminatory and racial laws in Transvaal, South Africa, 1913.

Gandhi transformed his life by moving away from the material world and focused on the development of the soul. His battleground was as much as personal as the struggles of the South African Indians under European rule. He used his popularity to unite the Indians under a single cause and gave them a powerful and eternal weapon – Satyagraha.

Origins of Satyagraha

“In the dictionary of Satyagraha, there is no enemy.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi experimented with Satyagraha and gave it a definitive form during his fight for Indian rights in South Africa. He stood firmly by his conscience and fought for justice by appealing to the God within everyone. His tools were simple – ‘Truth and Non-Violence.’

First Lady, First Reader

First Lady of the United States of America, Laura Welch Bush, wife of George W. Bush at a reading at the Chattanooga-Hamilton Bicentennial Library in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 12, 2003

Laura Bush is known for being a dignified, quiet first lady who was immensely popular during her husband’s two terms as POTUS. Her background in education and voracious love of reading helped millions of school children and adults become better readers.