Archive for the ‘Hero’ Category

“The Drop Box”

In Seoul, South Korea, hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the streets every year. That’s when this brave pastor and his wife decided to do something about it. Watch their extraordinary story of love here.


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RIP Chritopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens died Friday December 16, 2011

Whenever a famous person dies I experience all of my unresolved grief.

I feel a deep lose of a person I never met and yet I identified with deeply.

This experience reminds me to re-examine my life priorities.

It forces me to wake up and ask myself:
=> Why am I doing what I am doing?
=> If I die today, will I be satisfied with the life I have lived?
=> Am I listening to the voice of my inner calling? (a.k.a. Am I living my passion?)
=> Why does today’s experience of grief stir up old unresolved reservoirs of grief?
=> Why are we so clueless when it comes to dealing with grief?

When a hero of mine dies, I ask myself, “Am I living my own “hero’s quest”? If not, why not?”

How do you feel when a famous person dies?

In the video below, Stephen Fry and friends paid tribute to Christopher Hitchens shortly before he died.

“It’s considered perfectly normal in this society to approach dying people who you don’t know but who are unbelievers and say, ‘Now are you gonna change your mind?’ That is considered almost a polite question.”
— Christopher Hitchens

Read Hitchens last piece for Vanity Fair in which he reflects on Nietzsche’s famous line “Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”

May we all live our lives as deeply, courageously, and passionately as Christopher Hitchens lived his life.


275 Cultural Icons: Great Artists, Writers & Thinkers in Their Own Words

Great writers, dazzling filmmakers and musicians, brilliant philosophers and scientists — you can hear and see them in their own words. Here OpenCulture presents audio and video that captures the words of our greatest cultural icons.

Here is a partial list of cultural icons featured on their blog:

Allen, Woody – Video – The neurotic New York filmmaker hosts the Reverend Billy Graham in an unlikely conversation.

Apollinaire, Guillaume – Audio – Reads his famous poem “Le pont Mirabeau” from Alcools. 1913.

Ashbery, John – Audio – The American Pulitzer Prize-winning poet reads a number of his poems from the 1950s to 1970s.

Asimov, Isaac – Video – Sci-fi writer shares insights on science, computing, religion, population growth and the universe.

Atwood, Margaret – Video – The Canadian novelist talks about her writing, tweeting and creative process.

Auden, W.H. – Audio – Reads lines from his poems at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. 1972.

Auster, Paul – Audio – Reads from his novel Book of Illusions at The University of Pennsylvania.

Baez, Joan – Video – One of our great folk singers filmed in 1958, when only 17, playing at Club 47 in Cambridge, Mass.

Baldwin, James – Video – One of America’s best writers declares independence from some of the more troubling assumptions embedded in the English language.

Barenboim, Daniel – Audio – Virtuoso pianist and conductor in conversation with Paul Holdengräber at New York Public Library.

Bartók, Béla – Audio – Interview recorded in 1944 as part of the “Ask the Composers” series.

Bass, Saul – Video – Iconic designer on money, quality work & his creative legacy.

Bradbury, Ray – Video – The author of Fahrenheit 451 talks about why literature is the safety valve of all civilization.

To watch these videos, listen to these audios, and to view the complete list of cultural icons, go to OpenCulture


Tank Man (raw footage)

Spliced together footage from the documentary, The Tank Man (2006), removing the narration and intervening talking heads, in order to show only the remarkable courage of this man without the other “noise.”


Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller is one of my heroes.

Five minutes with Jonathan Miller

On the Dick Cavett Show 1980

The Body in Question

PART ONE – Naming of the parts – Part 1 (1/6)

PART TWO – Try a little tenderness – Part 2 (1/6)

PART THREE – How do you feel? – Part 3 (1/6)

PART FOUR – Breathless – Part 4 (1/6)

PART FIVE – Blood relations – Part 5 (1/6)

PART SIX – Heart of the matter – Part 6 (1/6)

PART SEVEN – Shaping the future – Part 7 (1/6)

PART EIGHT – Sleight of hand – Part 8 (1/6)

PART NINE – Native medicine – Part 9 (1/6)

PART TEN – Balancing act – Part 10 (1/6)

PART ELEVEN – Brute machine – Part 11 (1/6)

PART TWELVE – Heads and tails – Part 12 (1/6)

PART THIRTEEN – Perishable goods – Part 13 (1/6)