11 months ago

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 #035: Paulo Coelho

Hero #035: Paulo Coelho (―The Alchemist‖) I'm not really a huge fan of his other works (at least the few I have read), and I don't really know where he personally stands on the issues that I hold most dear (namely -- radical Kindness, spiritual freedom from religious dogma & animal rights). I also don't really recommend books as a general rule, and yet when it comes to LOVE, Paulo's book The Alchemist is a small container of pure genius, and I certainly do support it wholeheartedly … ―Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused … We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path … No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world … You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say.‖ ~ Paulo Coelho 44

Hero #036: Megan Coffee Megan Coffee is a doctor and nonprofit director who began working in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake there that left hundreds of thousands dead and many more injured. She works there without pay and raises money to support the free medical services she provides … Haiti, a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east, was hit by ruinous earthquake in 2010. In a country like Haiti, getting prompt and adequate medical care is a rare opportunity for many. As such, when thousands of patients were thrown together after the devastating earthquake, the danger of epidemics like tuberculosis was great. There was an urgent need specialists in infectious diseases, and so Megan Coffee, a Harvard & Oxford-educated infectious disease specialist, gave up her research position at Cal-Berkeley and headed to Haiti to help. That was over seven years ago, and Megan Coffee is still working there today. 45