Churchill. Even with vast records, we often underestimate the gravity of the world situation at that time. The people who lived through that era kind of treat it like it was no big thing, but could you imagine if that was happening in the world today?
Assuming the presence of a translator/some other thing to break the language barrier, I'd like to have dinner with Kim Il-sung. I just want to know what went on in his head, how he justified his actions.
One day, I'm going to come home and find you lying on the floor, twitching. I'll ask what's wrong and you'll say "It finished...he stopped updating...it's over..." and twitch again.
Around the time i turned 17 kurt vonnegut died... shortly afterward i sort of came to the startling realization that famous people were still real people and you could in fact meet them. i didnt know he was dead but i suddenly had the strong desire to meet him in the hopes he would inspire me to write something interesting. same thing with douglas adams but i was a slight bit later in that regard. needless to say, when i discovered how recently both had died in the grand scheme of things i was rather upset.
Not sure either one qualifies as the MOST interesting person to meet, but nevertheless they are the two i would most enjoy sitting down to dinner with for a brief discussion on their techniques, inspirations, and methods. They're kind of my heroes.
Relevant to my interests, Andy McNab would be very interesting.
Growing up I read a lot of his books and I'm fascinated by the SAS in general (or rather, I was. I don't get much time to read the books anymore) and would love to chat about things like that.
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curtis95112 wrote:Abraham (Assuming translation, oh and assuming he existed) I have a hunch that what he says will be rather interesting.
Similarly, Job. I really wanna figure out his motivation to endure. I would not have been able to.
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Providing translation, I have to say it's a tough choice between Ramses II and Hitler.
On one hand... Ramses II was amazing, and I think it would be interesting to find out more about him.
On the other hand... who in our modern world can truly say they understand Hitler and how he worked? We say a ton (overwhelmingly negative) about Hitler, but get rid of all that which everyone says... and what's really left there?
With Hitler though, only under the assumption that he would not be contemptuous of me as non-German.
Proginoskes wrote:Judas was "in on the act" ... If Judas hadn't betrayed Jesus, Jesus wouldn't have been crucified, and Christianity would never have gotten off the ground. In fact, Jesus told Judas to betray him.
No no no. You're reading it all wrong. It's the worlds most misinterpreted psychological thriller. All the characters represent different aspects of one man's personality. Judas is a sort of superego character while Jesus is the narcissistic ego (god incarnate? How are y'all missing this?) and as such judas kills Jesus the keep the whole being balanced. Nobody really died though because they're the same person. He wasn't "in on the act because there was no act. The whole story is actually just a manifestation of Joel's mind caused by having his memories erased while learning a valuable lesson about love.
Richard Feynman. Although I fear he would be bored to tears talking with me. He has said himself that he has no desire to talk with dilettantes, only with people who's passion for a subject has led them to the cutting edge of it and have new things to say. Similar to pyronius's reaction, after reading his bio I felt this insatiable need to meet him (even though he was dead long before I ever heard of him), which was made worse by the fact that the town he grew up in was about 15 miles from where I grew up.
Past, I'd have to say Marilyn Manson any time before 2001. Either we'd have really interesting talks about lots of different things like culture and music and religion and philosophy, or we'd just get fucked up on drugs. Either way, it would make for good times.