Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi - I don't think I'd have the courage, the wisdom, the ideals, or the charisma to accomplish such important, world changing things.
I've always looked up to Pope John Paul II quite a bit. Remarkably tolerant and compassionate, a world traveler and an always seemed to be a man full of grace, even in his old age.
He's got a more controversial side, but I don't think you'll find anyone without one.
Then there's Oscar Wilde, I don't even want to get into him. I just wish I could write that well and be that amazingly clever and witty. Bruce Lee also comes to mind, very wise man and an excellent fighter.
Probably Nestor Makhno and Buenaventura Durruti, both of whom fought against fascism and capitalism in Ukraine and Spain, respectively. Makhno helped bring about real Soviet democracy, where the working people could for the first time in their lives, be the masters of their own destiny. He went on to inspire a whole new generation of revolutionaries, including Durruti. Durruti and the organization he belonged to, the CNT-FAI (Confederacion Nacional de Trabajo - Federacion Anarquista Ibernica, the group's flag is my avatar) who created the purest example of communism in the history of the movement - in other words, a classless, stateless society where people worked together as brothers and sisters, not some state-capitalist dictatorship where the capitalists were replaced by party bureaucrats. Anyone who opposes communism should learn about Anarchist Catalonia and rethink their position. Durruti died defending Madrid from Franco's fascists.
Aside from those two, I admire Subcomandant Marcos; Zach de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine and Boots Riley from The Coup; Rosa Luxembourg; the Kronstadt Sailors; and especially all the revolutionaries whose names are forgotten by history who suffered and died fighting for a classless world.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, Lao Tzu, Hobbes, Nietzsche, Frank Herbert, A. V. Dicey. All have created various literary works, schools of thought and or political structures that I consider to be of great personal and or historical significance.
More meaningfully to the subject of inquiry perhaps: I admire some aspects of my father's personality. He has a lot of failings, and his social skills utterly suck; but he hasn't really got what he wanted out of life and goes on trying to do what he considers the right thing anyway. He stands up for the principles he expresses, which seems incredibly rare these days.
If he says something is wrong generally he's trying to do something about it. At the end of a thankless day in a job he doesn't like he goes out and puts his well being on the line to help people he doesn't know.
And sure part of it's because he likes the experience but no-one ever said doing what you consider the right thing had to be a pain in the arse all the time.
If I can emulate those aspects, even if I don't get most of what I want out of life, it won't be entirely wasted.
But don't tell him that. Parents are meant to be ignorant of their kids admiration for them, it lets us maintain a cool air of knowing it all until we're [current age]+10. =p
For the Emperor! Knights of Caliban!
16th March 2004
cool, but uh I have no Idea what it says lol I'm not Russian and cannot speak their language
[color=#000000][size=2][b][i]Heralds of the coming doom, Like the cry of the Raven, we are drawn, This oath of war and vengeance, On a blade of exalted iron sworn, With blood anointed swords
Uwsar-Hat-Anupuw;5398657cool, but uh I have no Idea what it says lol I'm not Russian and cannot speak their language
To sum it up Highly Decorated Lt. Colonel Anatoly Lebed joined the military in 1981, went to Afghanistan in 1986-1987, fought in Yugoslavia by his own wishes, fought in caucasus during the 90's and 2000's in which he lost his foot, but now continues with a prosthetic one, and has been active in the military again ever since, even fighting in Georgia in 2008.
I have lots of heroes like MLK, Ghandi, Barack Obama etc., but I'd like to share one of them for a special reason.
Who is this hero? Daniel Smith, or more commonly known as the Tourette's Guy.
Oh, that sounds so stupid right? I mean he just swears!
Wrong. We live in a world censored and filtered by people who want to oppress language and free thought, and very few people dare to defy all "decency" that has been forced upon us. And that, my friends, is something to be admired.
That, and he is cruelly honest to things like how Dom Deluise was paid lots of money to mainly just sit around, to America's freedom of speech, the Bush Administration etc.
Of course not as world changing as any one listed above me, but after all this is something that is usually gone unnoticed. Not a joke.
Dalai Lama certainly is a common hero. He shows as much with the people who host him and meet him.
My heroes? Don't really know, not much have come out to me. Off the top of my head I'd say Eugene V. Debs, Vonnegut, or Mark Twain.