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COMPUTERS – WHO NEEDS ‘EM? #RRBC

“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.”

~ Bill Gates

Bill Gates (1955 – ) is an American entrepreneur who co-founded Microsoft in 1975. The company took off and became the world’s largest personal computer software company, netting him a tidy personal fortune. The overwhelming majority of computer users throughout the world are using or have used software applications created by Microsoft. A significant number of his software engineers and writers were recruited, by Gates himself, from my Alma Mater, the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Continue reading “COMPUTERS – WHO NEEDS ‘EM? #RRBC”

Collective Judgments? All Wrong!

“No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.”

~ Elie Wiesel

Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel, (1928-2016) was a Romanian-born, American Jewish author, professor and human rights activist. He survived the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps under the Nazi regime. He championed the cause of human rights throughout his life and in 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Continue reading “Collective Judgments? All Wrong!”

What’s Your Handle Going to Be?

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) was an American evangelist who became famous on the lecture circuit. This 19th Century Christian minister had a keen mind and was skilled at using humour and common language to appeal to his audiences. This quote bears witness to Beecher’s ability to use imagery to communicate an idea effectively. Continue reading “What’s Your Handle Going to Be?”

Tell The World… You’re Good Enough!

“And above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.”

~ Isaac Asimov

I turn to Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), an American giant in the science fiction genre in the Twentieth Century, to consider his opinion about a person’s self-worth. He was a multi-talented, well-educated man, and was an able public speaker – often attending science fiction conventions where he proved to be friendly and approachable. Continue reading “Tell The World… You’re Good Enough!”

Who Needs Science Fiction? We All Do!

“Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”

~ Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992) was an American professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was a prolific writer of more than 500 books and was best known for his science fiction works and popular science books. He wrote three major science fiction series: the Foundation Series, the Galactic Empire Series and the Robot Series. It seems to me that this prolific author had more important goals when writing science fiction than just entertaining the masses. Continue reading “Who Needs Science Fiction? We All Do!”

Excuse Me While I Step On Your Head!

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”

~ Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982), born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum, is her pen name. She was born in Russia, lived through the Revolution of 1917 when her bourgeois family was harassed by the new Communist regime under Lenin. She graduated from the Petrograd State University in 1924, and got permission to visit family in Chicago in 1926. From there she found work in Hollywood writing screenplays and other jobs in the movie industry. She met her husband there and they were married in 1929. Her writing career began in America with her two most successful novels being, The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). She then turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy and many of her ideas were at the foundation of Libertarianism. For Ayn Rand, the rights of the individual were supreme. Continue reading “Excuse Me While I Step On Your Head!”

If Not Courage, What Do You Have?

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

~ Maya Angelou

Tune in to the RAVE WAVES BlogTalkRadio show, ASPIRE TO INSPIRE where this post is the topic of a lively discussion. This is a production of Rave Reviews Book Club.

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  Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) is one of the most celebrated women, black or white, in American history. This multitalented woman achieved excellence in everything she put her mind and heart into. She won awards internationally as an author, poet, and made significant contributions in the fields of screenwriting, acting, singing and directing. Being raised amid racism and victimized sexually as a child gave her a burning desire to right social wrongs, so she became a social activist and good friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Maya Angelou’s life was a model of courage and inspiration. Continue reading “If Not Courage, What Do You Have?”

How Disabled Are We?

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.”

~ Stephen Hawking

Born in 1942 and suffering from early onset ALS, English scientist and author, Stephen Hawking, has gradually become paralyzed over the years. Today, he speaks with the help of a device attached to his cheek muscle. The disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, began to manifest itself during his university years, but it did not stop him from becoming one of the world’s most renowned cosmologists. He described himself as both determined and obstinate while he doggedly struggled to maintain a normal life as the disease worsened. He became a popular scientific writer with his best-selling book,  A Brief History Of Time. Continue reading “How Disabled Are We?”

If It’s Easy – It’s Probably Bad!

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”

~ Confucius

Confucius, 551 – 479 BC, was a Chinese teacher, politician and philosopher who had an enormous impact on Chinese culture through the ensuing centuries. Both personal and political morality were important to him as was justice and sincerity. As well, Confucius espoused The Golden Rule: “do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself.” Continue reading “If It’s Easy – It’s Probably Bad!”

Who Owns You?

“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”

~ Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver (1955 – present) is an American novelist, poet and essayist. Each of her books published since 1993 have been on the New York Times Bestsellers List and the topics focused upon range from social justice to human interaction with our environment. She is an award-winning author many times over, and has even established and funded her own $25,000 award: The Bellwether Prize to support “literature for social change” to authors of unpublished works. This award is given out every two years on even years. Continue reading “Who Owns You?”