|English: Jesus Christ – detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Who is the person from history that you would most like to meet and talk to? Why? What would you like to ask?
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
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History has always fascinated me . When I was a child my father who had an elephantine memory would always tell me stories about the things that we passed along the way – That is a Peepul tree, he’d point out, Gautam Buddha got his knowledge sitting under a peepul tree , that monument we just passed is the only monument venerating a defeated army and it would go on till we reached the end of the road. Some of the stories I realise now were garbled facts, some embellished and some pure fantasy but what remained was a fascination for things past.
History buffs are curious creatures, seeking out truths in an age gone past. I’ve often wondered what it was that drove Alexander to march out of Macedonia, what would have happened if Christopher Columbus hadn’t discovered America, if world events would have been different had television had been invented earlier, whether we’d be flying in the sky if the apple hadn’t fallen on Newton’s head? There are millions of questions what if and our life today is only what it is because of what has happened in the past.
While there are many people in history I’d have loved to meet, the one who is the most fascinating is Jesus Christ. My intention is not to offend those who believe He is their Living God, and do not question His spiritual origins but if one were to truly accept the fact that He was a human figure who lived the life of an ordinary human being, I think His life and times were truly remarkable.
Men have tried to influence the way people think for centuries before and after Christ but how many have produced followers in numbers that are simply mind boggling? He lived in a day and age where the fastest way to travel was on an ass and where the only way he could get His word out was literally by word of mouth. His Twelve apostles carried forth his message and won converts to His way of thinking, a philosophy and faith that has stood the test of time. With no Ad campaigns, radio talk shows, no technology to help, the world got to know His message of peace and love. What is amazing is that lots of people have spoken about peace and love. Lots of people have spread the message of harmony. But how come it is Jesus Christ alone who managed to change the way the world thought?
So if I ever meet Him, I’d like to ask him what was the secret of His success.