Heart And Soul: some remarkable beings

This is a tribute to women and men of good will, who care more for others than for themselves, who stand up for love, brotherhood, freedom, and peace, whatever the personal cost ; to these people who keep doing extraordinary things and make the world a less selfish and a better place.

Our world has been filled with madness and mass cruaulty since the 1910s, and for the first time in history a few have the power to destroy all life on earth in a matter of hours ; as Albert Camus wrote in August 1945: "The mechanical civilization has just reached its ultimate degree of savageness" - Auschwitz, Hiroshima, Dresden, Siberia, and so many other atrocities on all continents since WWI and the abominable hell of Verdun and the Battle of the Somme.
And last decades have been filled with wars/civil wars, genocides, terrorist attacks and they have also seen the rise of new forms of dictatorship even in so-called democratic countries.

But during the same period, some brave and fair men and women have stood up, peacefully, with a strong mind and a pure heart. In a way, they are heirs to the Poor of Assisi, the great Saint Francis, or to Monsieur Vincent, the great Saint Vincent de Paul.
Some are christians and do their best to follow Jesus steps, some are not, but share the same love and respect for mankind and nature.

Abbé Pierre

Abbé Pierre
Franciscain de Bourges

The Franciscan of Bourges
Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama
Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu
Giovanni Paolo II

John Paul II
Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi
Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King
Sœur Emmanuelle

Sister Emmanuelle
Franz Stock

Franz Stock
Óscar Romero

Óscar Romero
Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Rutilio Grande

Rutilio Grande
Elisabeth von Hessen-Darmstadt

Elisabeth von Hessen-Darmstadt
Hans von Dohnányi

Hans von Dohnányi
Janusz Korczak

Janusz Korczak

God bless them, and the Righteous Among the Nations, and those who refuse violence and tyranny, famous or unknown.

Francesco d'Assisi

Francesco d'Assisi
Vincent de Paul

Vincent de Paul
François Fénelon

François Fénelon

There are a number of artists (writers, musicians, etc.), athletes and even the odd politicans who have also acted in a remarkable way. Some have turned it into a major part of their lives. Bless them too.

Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin
Mstislav Rostropovich

Mstislav Rostropovich
Carlo Maria Giulini

Carlo Maria Giulini
Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim
Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti
Myung-whun Chung

Myung-whun Chung
Adolf Busch

Adolf Busch
Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók
Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich
Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten
Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen
Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh
Albert Camus

Albert Camus
Vercors

Vercors
Roger Grenier

Roger Grenier
Václav Havel

Václav Havel
Midnight Oil

Midnight Oil
Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg
Roger Waters

Roger Waters
Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel
Gino Bartali

Gino Bartali
Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Some other politicians

Some other politicians
Some other artists

Some other popular artists

And God bless your smile!

Giovanni Paolo I

John Paul I

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