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Daily Prompt: Circle of Five

A writer once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If this is true, which five people would you like to spend your time with?

Todays Challenge isn’t that it’s easy to come up with five people, rather how do I choose only 5.

Neil Armstrong, for the drive, determination to become one of those who have travelled beyond our little marble in the cosmos. To  borrow a line from Star Trek; To boldly go where no one has gone before. “To take that one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” as Neil Armstrong stated on that historic occasion.

Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, for to have been able to learn from a man who developed such wisdom, and insight into the human condition would be liberating. I would have said enlightening, however you were all probably expecting it.

Aung San Suu Kyi, for the courage, determination to overcome the challenges placed on her. She has not chosen the easy road, rather the road that will benefit her nation. As she said “I just didn’t know how to give up.”

Lhamo Dondrub, is probably a name most of you won’t recognize. Yet regardless of which religion most people follow he is accorded the deepest respect. You might know him as Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, or Tenzin Gyatso, or most widely know as the 14th Dalai Lama. He has spent a tremendous amount of time building bridges between the various religions of the world, building on our commonalities rather than emphasising our differences.

Galileo Galilei, physicist, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher who helped bring us out of the dark ages. He provided the major impetus that moved our thinking from a geocentric view of the universe, to a heliocentric view.

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  2. Galileo! Genius choice. 😀 I love the balance of your list.

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  5. Great list… but I keep wondering about the dead people I see on lists… Why did you pick some of them? 😆

    • People like the Buddha and Galileo changed the course of the world, and even today their influence is still visible. To have the chance to spend some time with them, perhaps I might learn something that history has forgotten.

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