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In LOVE with Humanity

A tribute to some of humanity’s greatest Heroes; 153 men & women who have chosen, via their brave words &/or noble deeds, to reflect the deeper Greatness residing within us all

Hero #136: Harriet

Hero #136: Harriet Tubman Born Araminta Ross sometime in the early 1820's, Harriet Tubman was an African- American abolitionist, humanitarian, and social activist. Born into slavery, she eventually escaped in the fall of 1849, only to return of her own free will to rescue her family. Thereafter, she continued to head back into southern lands to rescue groups of slaves and lead them north. All in all, she made roughly thirteen such missions and rescued approximately seventy slaves. When the American Civil War began, Tubman worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy. She was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, when she guided the Combahee River Raid, which liberated more than 750 slaves in South Carolina. After the war, she retired to her family home in Auburn, New York, where she cared for her aging parents, and became active in the women's suffrage movement in that state until illness overtook her in 1913. ―I had reasoned it out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death. If I could not have one, I would have the other ... I freed thousands of slaves, and I could have freed thousands more, if they had but known they were slaves ... Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and to change the world.‖ ~ Harriet Tubman 154

Hero #137: Will Tuttle Will Tuttle is an author, scholar, ex-Zen-monk, vegan educator, musician, philosopher, musician, and animal rights activist. After receiving a Masters Degree in Humanities from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (where his doctoral dissertation focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults – a treatise that was nominated for the University‘s Best Dissertation Award), Will taught a wide variety of college courses in philosophy, religion, mythology, humanities, music, literature, history, writing, and creativity. Since 1995, however, Will and his wife Madeleine have dedicated their lives to a different cause – living out of their solar-powered mobile home and travelling the world fulltime; presenting 100-150 lectures, workshops, and concerts every year -- primarily to colleges and universities, progressive churches, conferences, and for yoga, meditation, vegan, environmental, peace, and social justice communities … Will also offers online training in the main ideas found in his bestselling (and quite brilliant) 2005 book, The World Peace Diet – which was the first book ever published that illuminates the big picture of the consequences of eating animal-sourced foods, and which focuses on spreading the vegan message of health, sustainable living, justice, and compassion for all sentient beings. ―My perception of veganism is as a modern expression of ―ahimsa,‖ the ancient core of all spiritual teachings, which is essentially non-violence. Whatever we sow, we will inevitably reap, and the key to true happiness lies in blessing others and being loving and kind to all beings … Most of us are born into a culture that forces us to participate in regular rituals of violence (a.k.a. ―meals‖), and therewith we are injected with a mentality of reductionism, exclusion, privilege, and the immoral myth of ―might-makes-right;‖ tending to see others as mere instruments to be used for our own pleasure or gain. In contrast, I teach veganism, which is nothing more than a coming home to one‘s true Heart by seeing other beings as Beings instead of commodities; by respecting them and honoring them as equally sacred manifestations of life.‖ ~ via Will Tuttle 155