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Examples of human behavior which shows genius or heroism
or maybe just very interesting characters
Benefactors of Humanity
Good Examples to us each and every one

I cannot list every person who should be on this page. There are too many. So it will be an ongoing process. It is my page and my definition of who should go here. You can have yours. However, let me know if you think of someone who should go here. If I agree with you I will put that person here. If not then we just have a difference of opinion.

I intend it to be general benefactors of humanity either by their genius or by their bravery or by their example. To act heroically one must knowingly do something to benefit another which is or easily could be detrimental to himself/herself. It does not count if he/she has no other choice.

I also will include those who show genius and those who are just very interesting and unique characters.

Most significant events of the last half of the 20th century - join the discussion

New York City - September 11, 2001
The Policemen and Firemen of New York City who put themselves in mortal danger to try to save those in the World Trade Center towers. Also, the passengers and crew of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. These ordinary people crashed their plane to save others. Also, the other unknown heroes of that horrible day who risked their own lives for others. (I suspect there were many.)
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The man had a dream and gave his life for it.
See A Letter From the Birmingham Jail - by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his "I Have a Dream" Speech and Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University
Anwar Sadat

He went to Israel and was eventually killed for his actions but not before he brought peace between two nations.
Yitzhak Rabin: 1922-1995

Another life lost to the cause of peace in the Middle East.
Mikhail Gorbachev

He gave the Soviet peoples their freedom and presided over the end of communism while trying to save it. It almost cost him his life.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma

The most impressive and charismatic woman in Asia is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and champion of Burma's democratic movement. Daughter of the Burmese independence leader, Aung San, she was placed under house arrest by the country's ruling military junta in 1989 for leading a pro-democracy uprising. She was released last year after six years' detention, without bowing to her captors. In 1988 she helped to found the National League for Democracy, which won a landslide victory two years later. The military refused to honour the results and bloodily suppressed all dissent. During her detention, she refused offers of freedom in exchange for exile and remained committed to democracy. She is the most potent symbol of the struggle for democracy under South East Asia's most reviled regime.
Nelson Mandela

Jailed for much of his life for demanding freedom for his people he helped institute a government for all sides and became President of South Africa.
See the Mandela Page
Mahatma Gandhi

He brought Independence to India

General Dwight D. Eisenhower and all the members of the Allied armed forces of WWII
This is the only group of people that I have ever been fairly sure actually did save the world.

U. S. Congressional Medal of Honor Citations
Read about some real heroes.
Sojourner Truth
Ain't I a Woman? A unique campaigner for women's rights and racial justice.

Sir Richard Burton
Nineteenth century English explorer, writer, adventurer, linguist and Renaissance man. A very interesting character.

Norbert Reinhart, 49, a mining executive from Alberta Canada, who swapped places with an abducted employee as a hostage of leftist rebels in Columbia.
After one of his employees, whom he had not met, was abducted and held for ransom in Columbia, this man risked his own life by offering himself in exchange for the employee. He was then held hostage for three months before being released unharmed in early 1999.
Richard Rivera, an auxilary police officer in New York
He snatched a two year old child from beneath a moving subway train in October 1995.

The four Green Berets at Fort Bragg North Carolina
Unarmed they attacked and stopped a shooter who had already shot 19 soldiers in the early morning of October 27, 1995.

Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson
and his crew mates, Lawrence Colburn and Glenn Andreotta, who landed their helicopter in front of advancing American GIs and trained their guns on them to halt the unlawful massacre of civilian non-combatants in My Lai, Vietnam, March 16, 1968.

Jaime Stanley of New Haven, Connecticut
This 19 year old supermarket clerk witnessed a drive by shooting on Feb. 3, 1994. In spite of repeated threats against her life by the members of the shooter's cocaine gang, she testified against the shooter in court 13 months later. With no gain to herself and in the face of great personal danger, she did what was right.

Comments by visitors to this page

From: Joao Pedro

You list:
General Dwight D. Eisenhower and all the members of the Allied armed forces of WWII

I don't agree simply because it is my profound conviction that if they were Germans they would have still fighted for Germany and they would still have commited several atrocities. Actually, I consider the Dresden bombing a war atrocity bigger than any commited by the Germans (this, of course, if we don't consider the holocaust as a war crime, which I don't).
My opinion is that armies are pretty much alike in terms of ethical conduct. Specially in western countries I'm conviced that they're all the same. If Eisenhower received an order to kill 500'000 Germans he would have caried it out.
I disagree with this choice of yours also because I feel many other persons (the German generals, for example) would have done the same thing if they were in this men positions, something that doesn't apply to the other examples you have.

See my web page - Reason's Triumph


The Beatles
Elvis Presley
Jim Reeves
the Bachs - all of them
Van Gogh
John Steinbeck
Henry David Thoreau
Issac Asimov
Arthur C. Clark

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