Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dinner With A Dead Person

Jason Lauritsen asked a question in his recent post about which dead person we would like to have dinner with (excluding family members). I immediately knew who the person would be at the top of my list; but then took some time to dig a little deeper into who else might be worth it.

It turned out to be a really long list.

Famous v. Infamous
If you frame Jason's question as a challenge to pick one person out of all human history to spend a couple of hours with, it makes a simple question seem much more daunting. Should it be George WashingtonMohandas GandhiMartin Luther King, Jr., or Claus von Stauffenberg? Can bad people be on the list too? Dinner with Blackbeard might be interesting, if not really creepy. 

Never Heard Of
Pinned ImageOne of the most moving books I ever read was about Medal of Honor winners from World War II.  These men made sacrifices that are unimaginable to my generation. Surely dinner with one of them would be worthy of the challenge, right? Of course it would. 

Go With Your Gut
In the final analysis I went with my initial gut reaction and chose one of my personal heroes Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I've written about him here and here plus I've referenced him a couple of other times too.

Dietrich's courage, selflessness, commitment to doing the right thing and deep faith separate him above an incredible list of other options.

How About You
Are you interested in answering Jason's challenge? Who would you pick?

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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  1. Good choice Jay. I'd pick Joe Strummer from The Clash, frontman extraordinaire. And he loved sitting round the campfire talking and laughing.what a night that would be. Thanks for asking.

    1. Thanks Doug...good choice! My list kept getting longer and longer.