July 24, 2008

WHO ARE YOUR ROLE MODELS?

Posted in Education, Environment, Philosophy, Politics, Religion tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:41 am by randallbutisingh

Randall Butisingh – Newspaper Interview: Question 8 of 10.

WHO ARE YOUR ROLE MODELS?

Randall Butisingh was recently asked a number of questions by a newspaper feature writer. This was the eight of ten questions with the answer. We will feature these questions and answers in ten blog entries.

Question: Who are your Role Models?

Answer:: My Role Models in chronological order are:

Abraham Lincoln, George Washington Carver, and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. There are, however, several more that I do appreciate and greatly admire.

Abraham Lincoln (b.1809 – d. 1865). The chief quality that appealed to me in Lincoln’s life was his Honesty. He was known as honest Abe. He also worked his way up from poverty, walking twelve miles to school and splitting rails for a living. When he became president of the United States, his vision helped to save the Union after he was forced into a civil war, and also to liberate the slaves. He is, to date, acknowledged as the greatest president of the United States of America. He it was who said “Am I not destroying my enemy when I make him my friend?’ For his noble accomplishments, he was rewarded by an assassin’s bullet.

George Washington Carver (b.1861? – d.1943)was the son of a slave who worked himself up to become America’s Agricultural chemist, agronomist and experimenter whose development of many new products derived from peanuts, potato and soybean revolutionized the economy of the South. Early by books and experience, he acquired a fragmentary education while doing whatever work he could find in order to subsist. Later as Director of the Department of Agriculture at Tuskegee headed by Booker T. Washington he tried to improve the lot of black Americans through education and the acquisition of useful skills rather than through agitation. He stressed compromise, conciliation and economic development as the paths for black advancement in American society. For much of the whites, he stood as a kind of saintly symbol of the intellectual achievements of black Americans. His efforts brought about a significant advance in Agriculture training in an era when agriculture was the single largest occupation of Americans. In 1940, he donated all his life savings to the establishment of the Carver Research Foundation at Tuskegee for continuing research in Agriculture.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi known as the Mahatma (Great Soul) b.1869 – d. i948 leader of the Indian Nationalist Movement against British rule is internationally known for his doctrine of nonviolence in order to gain political ends. He was born in a very religious home that regarded the sanctity for all life. He was educated in England as a lawyer and then went to South Africa to seek clerical work. There he saw the gross discrimination among the Indians and decided to remain to be their advocate. He went to jail for challenging the government. Mahatma Gandhi was known as the architect of Indian freedom. The word Satyagraha (non violence) was coined by him and it was with that weapon he helped to liberate India. The Mahatma took the vow of celibacy at the age of thirty-six; he lived very simply having only six items in his possession. He worked with dedicated commitment among the untouchables in India for their improvement and to restore dignity in them as human beings, and also for the reconciliation of Hindus and Muslims. A firm believer in God and a staunch Hindu, the only picture on the wall of his hut was that of Jesus. He it was who said “Truth is God and God is Love” He was assassinated at a prayer meeting by a fanatic Hindu..

In the lives of my Role Models, the chief ingredients were Humility, Honesty, Hard work and Humanity.

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