Re: Fav Historical Figurez and Fictional Charactaz
1. Henry Fleming: Main character in Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage. I can't imagine the fear and horror one must confront on the battlefield. Henry begins the novel as someone who reflexively runs from his fear only to turn later and confront it. He never completely conquers it, but is able to beat it into submission.
2. Max Rockatansky, aka Mad Max: Played by Mel Gibson in the movie, Max is the personification of "obsessive rage" and revenge. The character becomes more 3-dimensional in The Road Warrior, the last good movie in the series.
1. St. Anthony (Abbot): A wealthy man, at age 35 he gave away all his possessions and moved to the Egyptian desert where he lived alone in an abandoned fort for 20 years. His strict adherence to live only by the teachings of Jesus earned him a following and he became a spiritual counselor and founder of monasticism.
2. Lao Tzu: Chinese philosopher credited with being the author of the Tao Te Ching, supposedly when he was 80 years old:
"The five colors blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavors dull the taste.
Racing and hunting madden the mind.
Precious things lead one astray.
Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees.
He lets go of that and chooses this.
Look, it cannot be seen- it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard- it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held- it is intangible.
These three are indefinable, they are one.
From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
Unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
Form of the formless,
Image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.
Stand before it- there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the Tao, Move with the present.
Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao."