The genius of America
Here is a man to match Washington and Lincoln. Roosevelt suffered from polio, won the presidential election a record four times, lifted his country out of the Great Depression, and led the Allies to win World War II, firmly establishing America as the new superpower.
Despite being unable to walk for most of his adult life, he rose to heights achieved by only a rare few. Yet, he held no pretensions, he assumed no air's. Here was a normal, hardworking man who by sheer determination helped mould the destiny of the free world.
That is perhaps what makes it so hard to emulate FDR. He was not a product of circumstances but a creator of circumstances. He made mistakes but he never let his mistakes define him. Fearlessly, he set out to serve his country and ended up serving humanity.
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta