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Who are the people you admire? Why do you admire them? Most people have someone that they look up to. It may be a family member, it may be a business colleague, it may be a friend, or it may be someone famous.

You've probably been asked this question before, but have you truly given it much thought? Have those people you look up to truly helped shaped your persona? Personally I have never admired anyone in a way that influenced me and perhaps that in a way has reflected on me.

 

So the question stands, Who do you admire and Why?

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To me, Sir David Attenborough and Carl Sagan are both wonderful examples for those who wish to pursue academia; both had unwavering passions for their fields, and had genuine public-spirited natures, with an overall desire to promote the welfare of others - a quality seldom seen in todays household names.

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I must say, I admire Bill Gates, no only is responsible for Microsoft and what not, but he was the worlds richest man, and what did he do with half of his fortune? He gave it to charity, how many other rich people do you see giving half of their fortune to charity?

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To me, Sir David Attenborough and Carl Sagan are both wonderful examples for those who wish to pursue academia; both had unwavering passions for their fields, and had genuine public-spirited natures, with an overall desire to promote the welfare of others; a quality seldom seen in todays household names.

 

Gashdarn you Swoop, just...just stop being such a smart, smart smartie pants!!

 

I admire whatever the person below me says. :mellow:

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Ayrton Senna - if there was a God of Speed - he would be the one, damn did he know how to drive. Also he was kind of a rebel and I respect that, a man not afraid to chase his dream.

Hunter S. Thompson - Yes, he was a complete junkie, but still, I think he had a very right vision about the world in general, always was critical of everything and definitely a very intelligent man. He did not think that society could tell him what to do, he stronly belived in that somebody can be whath he or she wishes to be and be like they see fit, not how society sees fit. Reporter living like a rockstar? Hell yeah!

And Bill Gates > Steve Jobs

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I look up to nobody, because everyone is equal!

 

Actually, I sort of look up to Tara Strong... She's not a household name, but she should be!

 

Others: ALL MY TEACHERS! I'm a teachers pet... As well as Lauren Faust... Who could be as creative as her?

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Like Shank, I admire my boyfriend. He is a kind and upstanding young man whose general positivity has inspired me out of much depression and made me determined to actually move on with my life and grow up. Also, he is extremely intelligent and very considerate and sincere. Unlike many people I talk to about my issues, when I speak to him, I can honestly feel like he cares and isn't just saying stuff because he has no idea what to say. Lastly, he has a mustache erm I mean he's really silly and knows how to make me laugh and smile.

 

Other than him? I guess... my mother even though she can be a bit of a bitch sometimes because she's so lenient and open about most things parents aren't and helped me to figure out a lot of awkward teenager things. And my father for being 72 and continuing to work. My sister as well for getting me into most of my interests even if she has some blaring issues.

 

Then there's also my friend Zora. Even though she can be angry and scary sometimes, she can be amusing and good to have a serious conversation with. She's also very accepting of most things.

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Ayrton Senna - if there was a God of Speed - he would be the one, damn did he know how to drive. Also he was kind of a rebel and I respect that, a man not afraid to chase his dream.

 

Agreed. Senna was probably the best driver of all time. I wish I had been alive during his career.

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I admire my oldest cousin and her husband. They were both in the millitery, did amazingly well in college and are very amazing people. My cousin is a high school teacher whom doesn't believe in giving out homework and her husband is a police officer. They're both fun, kind, inspirational and they have two wonderful kids that I love dearly. I don't have brothers or sisters so she's kinda like an older sister to me.

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There are two subjects of my admiration that I can name off the top of my head: Steve Cunningham and Jaque Fresco.

 

 

 

Posted ImageSteve Cunningham is the first blind colt to fly a plane around England. He gave a motivational lecture at my college's auditorium concerning how he became incurably blind at age 12 due to an illness, and how he eventually managed to cope with it. He spoke about how he "lost sight, and gained vision", and how he overcame the odds and secured a successful future for himself. At one point, he spoke with some people who said that he would only be good at selling matches on a street corner. Steve got fed up of ponies making choices for him, and took life into his own hooves.

The reason I admire Steve is simple: he has amazing perseverance.

 

 

 

Posted ImageThe other is Jaque Fresco, a social engineer and architect. He was around during the 1930s Great Depression, and he wondered why it was that there were so many resources around him that could be used, yet they were just being left there while ponies were starving and homeless. He concluded that the money system was at fault, and that the "economic game" was broken.

When he was younger, he was sent to the principal's office for not pledging allegiance. The principal asked "Why don't you want to pledge allegiance? Everybody does".

 

Fresco replied: "Everybody once believed the world was flat, but that doesn't make it so." He then "went on to demonstrate that the USA owed everything it had to other countries and other cultures", and that he "would rather pledge allegiance to the world, and everyone on it". He then went to set up a laboratory in his bedroom, in which he tried to understand science and nature.

 

I admire Fresco for being a creative and highly intelligent individual in a sea of lazy thinkers and mediocrity. Unlike most ponies, this guy actually tries to uncover the truth first-hand instead of just being spoon-fed his thoughts and opinions.

 

He later went on to conceptualize some truly amazing buildings. Below are some of his designs.

 

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He later went on to found the Venus Project. This is one of the things he said about the Venus Project.

 

"The Venus project is not about new cities, or new architecture. It's about a way of thinking". -Jacque Fresco, said before he talks about human nature.

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^ I like Jaque too

 

Carl Sagan because he spoke the cosmos to me. He was a voice of hope for humanity. He gave me my cosmic perspective and allowed me to ditch my human one.

 

“The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.”

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Also, Robert Zubrin becasue mars.

 

 

“The well of human social though is not exhausted by the present age, and I don’t think will ever be exhausted. There will always be people with new ideas on how Humans should live together. Mars is not going to be a utopia, Mars is going to be a lab, it’s an open frontier, it’s a place where things are going to be tried out. I think we will see a lot of noble experiments on Mars. Perhaps some of these Martian colonies, with their novel ideas based on the best though the 21st century has to offer, maybe they’ll find ways which Humans can create society that are more humane and offer more opportunity for human potential.” –Robert Zubrin

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Honestly... Out of everyone I have met on these forums Infernus you have always stood out to me among so many.

 

What you've been through and the person you are today. One of the strongest and most intelligent person I've ever met. Someone I've always looked up too. I'm not just saying that just to say it I meant that.

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  • Fluttershy–kind, caring, gentle, loving, beautiful, patient.

John Muir–father of the national parks movement.

Steve Jobs–wanted nothing but the very best; strove for quality.

Darryl Lloyd–environmentalist and local advocate for Mount Adams's protection and env. stewardship. 21st century.

Gifford Pinchot–first U.S. forester; advocated for sustainable forestry management in the 19th century.

Twilight Sparkle–smart, dedicated, studious, curious, friendly.

Barack Obama–honorable, dedicated, caring, intelligent, respectable, casual-professional.

Ira Springs–highly important trail advocate and hiking author. Fought hard for wilderness and trails in Washington state. Founder of Washington Trails Association (WTA)

Harvey Manning–same as Ira Spring. They worked tirelessly to protect Washington's trails.

Jesus–Kind, gracious, loving, compassionate, etc.

Paul–Brave, perseverance, leader.

Joshua–courageous leader

Moses–Capable leader.

Bill Nye–scientist, knowledge, truth-seeker, intelligent, good speaker.

BlackGryph0n, Baasik, and Michelle Creber– amazing singers, Christian, talented (multiple talents), fun-loving, good at performing, professional.

Gandalf–he's a boss.

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The weird thing is that I've never actually thought about this, but no one. At the moment atleast. I love humans, don't get me wrong, and that's the problem to be honest, I love everyone but I don't really see that much "respect" in them, more than just sweet beings, it's complicated. But yeah, nobody that I really "admire" or "look up to".

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In no particular order:

 

1. Boogie2988 (YouTuber). Pulled himself up by his bootstraps and succeeded against all odds; makes great videos

2. Seth MacFarlane. Talented voice actor, singer, animator, and businessman

3. Lauren Faust (duh)

4. Harrison Ford. Awesome actor and an awesome person

5. Johnny Depp. Same as above

6. T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia). Complete badass

7. My maternal grandmother. Compassionate, generous, hardworking. Raised five children

8. My maternal grandfather. Extraordinarily smart--worked as a scientist for years 

9. My mother. One of the nicest, most selfless people you could ever meet

10. Barack Obama. One of our most sincere leaders. Man, I'm going to miss him when he leaves office!

11. Alfred the Great--one of very few monarchs worthy of such a title. Smart, dedicated and seemingly fearless

12. Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. A truly brave individual who died for what he believed in 

 

There are more, but this post is getting pretty long.

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