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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.