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People Who I Wish Will Never Die

Updated on September 16, 2011

People Who I Look Up To Who Seem to Be Getting Old

I'm just being realistic. These people are getting old (some of them already are). I don't mean this in any offensive way. In fact, as the title suggests, I am wishing that they become immortals and continue to inspire people like me.

I hate it when I see people like these guys be affected by time by growing old. It probably roots on attachment or in fear of losing them in my life. Even if I don't know them personally, I really don't know how the world can function properly without any of them (for some of them metaphorically and for some literally). The world is a better place because they are here and they continue to share their superior wisdom in their own chosen field.

If the world found the fountain of youth, I would have to say that it would be a responsibility for us to give it to these four guys. These guys have just inspired me so much and have contributed a lot of influence to my life.

Surely, there are many other people who inspire me, it's just these guys are the ones who I, with my continued patronage, observed to be getting older.

Ron Paul

Ron Paul
Ron Paul

It's just so immeasurable how much this guy has inspired me and changed my life. He surely played a big role in how I became a libertarian.

He has singlehandedly showed me the truth about statism and at the same time made me a better person (something that my friend has been urging me to blog about already). Because of Ron Paul I now believe in and defend property rights, individual liberty, and oppose tyranny of the state.

His age is undeniable. He's 76 years old. And in spite of that he continues to defend the message of liberty and at the same time remains to be the only voice of truth and reason in the US congress. And it's really quite depressing that if he doesn't get nominated for the Republican presidential campaign, he would no longer be running again for congress. I don't know if I'm just being negative but I remember how the Republican party marginalized him during the 2008 presidential campaign.

One thing I'm sure of, the world is a better place with someone like Ron Paul and it's something that can never be replaced (not even by his son Rand, in my opinion). I just really don't know what will happen if there's no Ron Paul in the world.

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson

I remember when he got a neck injury while driving the Nissan GT-R. I think he was in Japan during that episode. That episode really showed me that Clarkson is getting old. Even when his co-hosts are messing with him because of this fact, it's really undeniable and once again, I don't know what the world will be if he retires or stop doing what he does.

It's not just about the cars. Like with many of the people here who inspire me, they go beyond their chosen field when it comes to inspring people. Plus, his unique perspective on things is just really so enlightening. Aside from that, the show becomes really entertaining because of him.

But then he's getting old, as I have said, and one day as I live my life I know it's going to be inevitable that I will watch a Top Gear episode and he will no longer be there. It's one of the saddest thoughts I can think of. I just really wouldn't know what to do.

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations goes beyond food and travel. It's not just about that. Again, it's the personality, the unique perspective, and the ingenious wisdom that comes with all his insights. He used to have a drug addiction problem and has great taste in music, films, and literature, not just food. But then one episode when he was with trip hop artist Morcheeba, he said that he wanted the volume not to be so maxed out because he was already getting old (and imagine, that was three seasons ago).

Once again, I don't know what the world would be like without him or his show. Lately, it's all I've been watching. And I just never want it to end. I never want to run out of episodes because every episode is a new journey and adventure waiting to happen.

I loved reading his book Medium Raw and many of his other articles. I haven't really read his other books but surely I will. It's really so different, the way he approaches writing. It's like he's telling an great story. Like with Mediaum Raw, it's not about food at all. It feels like a fiction novel, almost. And he shows this world of culinary arts that is hidden from public view. He's really just one of the most amazing writers and TV show host of our time (I'm not sure about chef because I haven't really eaten any of his stuff).

I guess, for both Clarkson and Bourdain, I do admire the fact that they still have the same sense of humor and positive outlook on life, almost childlike, that many people lose when they get old.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs

I don't even know where to begin. It's already happened since he already resigned as CEO of Apple. This is the exact same thing that I fear for these amazing people of our time.

The world is more dull now. I don't even think anyone's as excited for the new iPhone that's coming up. It's just really different without him. But it's inevitable. And it's already happening, as I have said.

Conversations are more dull now and the world of technology has surely lost some creative and innovative mind. I've seen a lot of articles online expressing opposite of my sentiment, to each his own, I guess.

It's not even much about the technology that Apple makes or my Macbook Pro. Just like how it's not all about food with Bourdain or not all about cars with Clarkson. It's about his ideals. It's about the video on the right side. It's about his story. it's because of Pirates of Silicon Valley.

People who I wish will never die

That's life, I guess. As of now, I guess all I have to do is just absorb as much as I can from them and continue to learn. That's just the way life is. It's a cycle of some sort. Everyone will get old. There is no escape. A part of Steve Jobs' speech above dealt with this concept of age and death.

I don't really mean to be negative. Like I'm not saying that they're not good with what they do or that they're getting sloppy because of age. All I'm saying is I wish they never had to be old. I wish they can live forever.


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    • Conservativism profile image


      6 years ago from United States of America

      I really enjoy your blogs about Filipino food. But I have to respectfully voice my disagreement with your assessment of Ron Paul. Whereas I can respect some of his positions regarding foreign policy, particularly with respect to our involvement in armed conflict in Iraq, I cannot help but raise a point of dissent regarding his views of private property and his borderline anarchist views of the role of government. I recognize his appeal to young people as an outsider, but as an academic, being an outsider alone in itself is not something to be admired. Charles Manson, was an outsider. My greatest challenge with young people is to express the importance of substance over the superficial. Much of Ron Paul's appeal is superficial, not substance. It is nice to say that the government should stay out of our lives, that we can manage things better on our own, but the road to hell is paved in nice thoughts. The reality is that we need larger governments in our society. Governments formed out of the consent of the people, out of the needs of increasingly complex societies. A hunter-gatherer group of 12-16 members can govern themselves. An agricultural village of 40 require an elected or communal council to govern their affairs and ensure equity. Image what a 350 million member international community like the U.S. requires! The fact that we have been able to manage a complex government on the basis of representative democracy is a feat of tremendous proportions. Freedom and Democracy are, in themselves political virtues, but freedom from the tyranny of the state is achieved through representative democracy. Without government to control men's actions, we would have no civil rights, no liberties, no equality. In the absence of government, private interests will fill the void...and how do you moderate your private interests over mine? If you say, "laissez Faire, you might as well say Plutocracy. In short, Ron Paul is an dangerously ideological idiot.

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      6 years ago

      So sad to think we have lost one of these characters now.

    • Harry Santos profile imageAUTHOR

      Harry Santos 

      7 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      Not a fan of Ron Paul and Clarkson? haha

    • Rachelle Williams profile image

      Rachelle Williams 

      7 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      What? No Betty White?? I am with you on Anthony Bourdain and Steve Jobs.


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