Who are your heroes?

When Nelson Mandela died, millions of people mourned the loss of a hero, which is what many people worldwide considered him to be.

In 2004 he was among the Time 100 most influential people of the year because he “remains perhaps the only figure on the world stage who is an unambiguous moral giant. That is not to say he is pure. He is a hero precisely because he always admitted his errors and then tried to rise above them. And he has never stopped learning.” Excerpt from Time Magazine The 2004 Time 100. It wasn’t the first time for him to be on the list. He had had two previous appearances.

The Time 100 has been published every year since 1999. It includes personalities that are to be recognized for changing the world, the people who inspire, who entertain and who challenge. On the list you will find entertainers, sportspeople, leaders, entrepeneurs, pioneers, and scientists, among others.

However, it has also been a matter of controversy. How to decide who should be considered a hero, for instance? Does the position of President of US mean that you will be on the list only because you are the leader of a very powerful nation? Can the influence be measured by how much it affects the a whole community, even if it is small?  For more information about its history, selectiona criteria and other interesting facts visit Wikipedia

Also, you might want to watch the video below. It answers these questions:

What is the list about?

How can people be influenced?

What belief justifies the entrants on the list?

Now we are reaching the end of the year and the 2013 The Time 100 has been published.

I would like to suggest creating our own list. All of us have people we look up to -from history icons, football players to our school teachers. Who are your heroes? Why?

#one_click chat

Do you feel like chatting about this on Twitter? All you have to do is tweet your opinion followed by #one_click.

For more information on how to use twitter and the hashtag #one_click go to: http://wp.me/P3tqiu-7J

 Here are some questions to help start the conversation:

Who have been influential people in your life? Why?

Who has had a significant influence in your community this year? What have they done?

Who are your icons of sport and entertainment? Why?

Share your opinions, articles and videos.


 

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Music to Honour Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela passed away last December 5 and left an enduring legacy. Not only will he be remembered in South Africa, where he changed people’s lives forever, but also in the rest of the world.

As he once said, he was born to rule. And he did so with amazing commitment and courage. Not even the years in prison could undermine his strength. His quiet and respectful  appearance combined well with his determination and the strength to make the world a better place to live for all the people who were suffereing from Appartheid, for instance. In fact, his first major accomplishment, along with de Klerk, was to dismantle the country’s apartheid system forever.

In 1994, he became South Africa’s first black president and gained admiration worldwide with his constant struggle to guarantee children’s well-being and future,  and campaigning against AIDS. He has inspired artists who have celebrated the man whose ideals were made real.

If you are seeking some inspiration you can visit this website which features a collection of quotes by Mandela. Quotes from Mandela

One of these quotes is “Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake“. I wish his legacy were more visible among  world leaders and politicians  nowadays where, at times, courage, passion and commitment is missing.

To celebrate Nelson Mandela and his legacy I have decided to post a song by Simple Minds Mandela Day

Listen and answer the questions:

What event of Mandela’s life is it recalling?

How many years did he spend in prison?

The Lyrics