Throughout history there seems to be certain individuals who don't act or think like a person of their time. They tend to be anti-racism (Nietzsche), vegetarian (Einstein), anti-war (Gandhi, Churchill), or some combination of many admirable yet almost entirely unheard of ideas for their time. It is of course foolish to think that we have now reached some moral platitude and that this idea no longer applies to us presently. I wonder what such a person looks like today?
Here's one of my recent favorites:
"I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking. The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides." - Carl Sagan, PARADE Magazine 1996.
This is the sunset of my balcony bounced off of a glass door.