La Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Família across the Barcelone skyline.

Not to admire the Sagrada Familia, is an unforgivable offence among art and architecture enthusiasts. Gaudi was well aware that the project could never be completed within his lifetime, and yet, he dedicated his best years to it. If you are ever lucky enough to get the chance to do it, the sheer size of his work will strike you once you step into the main chamber!

The President’s Faith

President Reagan addresses the Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, 23-Aug-1984.

Ronald Reagan believed politics, morality and religion are inseparable. His Christian upbringing carried on to his Presidentship where he strove for a tolerant society, encouraging all religions.

Devil’s Advocate or Misunderstood Genius?

"One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves" — Niccolò Machiavelli

Machiavelli took an unprecedented approach to answer questions like — ‘Are there such things as necessary evils?’ ‘Do the ends justify the means?’ ‘Should we do the wrong things for the right reasons?’

Fighting the Spoils System

T.R's Declaration of Independence - Theodore Roosevelt as the new President seeks to enforce the civil service rules in federal hiring practices, 6-Nov-1901

As Civil Service Commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt cracked into the prevailing corrupt spoils system. Aided by the Pendleton Act, he fought fearlessly to uphold the practice of appointment on merit.

Seeking to Understand

Eleanor Roosevelt during her goodwill tour of Great Britain, Nov 1942

Eleanor Roosevelt lived during a time when international travel was less common, and diversity was not celebrated as widely as it is today. She was, however, determined to understand the cultures and viewpoints of a wide variety of people.