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Simon Reeve

In Attitude, Travel on May 12, 2010 at 14:55

“If somebody turned up at my house from Moldovan TV and stuck a camera in my face, I wouldn’t be very welcoming. So I was amazed by how willing people were to talk to me in front of a camera. Generally, people were pleased that we were taking an interest precisely because they feel that many of these places have been forgotten by the rest of the world. In Transdniestria, I met a guy who had sold a kidney to buy a cow – can you imagine? How can you ever look at your own life and think you’ve had a bad time? It’s humbling, especially in a country like that, which is on the border of Europe. You realise just how lucky you are. My guide in Somaliland was a war hero called Yusuf Abdi Gabobe who fought with the Somaliland resistance. He had lived in the bush for 10 years and talked to us about fighting against a dictatorial regime. Everywhere we went, where they had hardly seen white people, they would stand open-mouthed and then see Yusuf and start cheering – ‘Yusuf, the great hero!’ Somaliland was my favourite place because of the spirit of the people. It was a really moving experience.”

Simon Reeve, British TV presenter, he makes travel documentaries and has received “One World Broadcasting Trust Award” for “outstanding contribution to greater world understanding”.


Robert Leckie

In Attitude, War on May 11, 2010 at 12:49

“Dear Vera, it seems a lifetime since we met outside Saint Mary’s. This great undertaking for God and country has landed us in a tropical paradise, somewhere in what Jack London refers to as “those terrible Solomons.” It is a garden of Eden. The jungle holds both beauty and terror in its depths, most terrible of which is man. We have met the enemy and have learned nothing more about him. I have, however, learned some things about myself. There are things men can do to one another that are sobering to the soul. It is one thing to reconcile these things with God, but another to square it with yourself.”

words of Robert Leckie, “The Pacific” Marine played by James Badge Dale

Better Than Ezra

In Lyrics on May 11, 2010 at 11:32

“Nothing is certain, time slips away
The world may be ending
But it ain’t happening today…”

lyrics from Better Than Ezra’s song “Black Light”

Ayn Rand

In Wisdom writers on May 9, 2010 at 14:12

“He thought of a summer day when he was ten years old. That day, in a clearing of the woods, the one precious companion of his childhood told him what they would do when they grew up. The words were harsh and glowing, like the sunlight. He listened in admiration and in wonder. When he was asked what he would want to do, he answered at once, “Whatever is right,” and added, “You ought to do something great… I mean, the two of us together.”

“What?” she asked.

He said, “I don’t know. That’s what we ought to find out. Not just what you said. Not just business and earning a living. Things like winning battles, or saving people out of fires, or climbing mountains.”

“What for?” she asked.

He said, “The minister said last Sunday that we must always reach for the best within us. What do you suppose is the best within us?”

“I don’t know.”

“We’ll have to find out.”

She did not answer; she was looking away, up the railroad track.”

Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged”

Private Joker

In Attitude on May 9, 2010 at 13:56

“My thoughts drift back to erect nipple wet dreams about Mary Jane Rottencrotch and the Great Homecoming Fuck Fantasy. I am so happy that I am alive, in one piece and short. I’m in a world of shit… yes. But I am alive. And I am not afraid.”

Private Joker, Stanley Kubrick’s character from “Full Metal Jacket”

Ed Kashi

In Attitude on May 9, 2010 at 13:48

“I take on issues that stir my passions about the state of humanity and our world, and I deeply believe in the power of still images to change people’s minds. I’m driven by this fact; that the work of photojournalists and documentary photographers can have a positive impact on the world. The access people give to their lives is precious as well as imperative for this important work to get done. Their openness brings with it a tremendous sense of responsibility to tell the truth but to also honor their stories.”

Ed Kashi, National Geographic photojournalist

Margaret Mead

In Social activism on May 9, 2010 at 11:28

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist

Robert McNamara

In Attitude, Politics on May 9, 2010 at 11:25

“I want to say, and this is very important: at the end we lucked out. It was luck that prevented nuclear war. We came that close to nuclear war at the end. Rational individuals: Kennedy was rational; Khrushchev was rational; Castro was rational. Rational individuals came that close to total destruction of their societies. And that danger exists today.”

Robert McNamara, American politician and former US Secretary of Defence

Charles Swindoll

In Attitude on May 9, 2010 at 11:20

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”

Charles Swindoll, American Christian pastor and author

Charles Bukowski

In Wisdom writers on May 9, 2010 at 11:10

“You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”

Charles Bukowski, American poet and novelist