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 Who is the most respectable person in history? (43)

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Who is the most respectable person in history?

The best human ever to have lived.
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Benjamin Franklin: author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman and diplomat.

He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and a musical instrument. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania.

Toward the end of his life, he became one of the most prominent abolitionists.

Supporting Evidence: Benjamin Franklin: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (en.wikipedia.org)
Kinda(1649) Disputed
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Naaaahh....

Throughout the whole of the world's history, ages, countries, nations, wars, inventions etc. etc. and you can't go further than your own borders of people within the last couple of centuries?

Albert Einstein. Intelligent, non-violent, ground breaking, respectable.

Shianne(2) Disputed
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i dont think albert einstein is the most respectable person in history is because he helped with the atomic bombing of japan when he was still alive. He came up with the formula e=mc^2 and then when the bomb was launched he then claimed it was the single greatest mistake of his life. It took 500 billion people for him to realize what he did was wrong. He helped with the production and construction of the first atomic bomb. That later influenced people nowadays to act as terrorist.

frenchieak(1131) Disputed
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500 billion people? That's like more than have ever lived on the planet!

Why did you say 500 billion?

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i agree with you on that.because wasnt einstein only acknowledged as a genious after his death,while alive was he not declared a mad man?.............also just because you are respected does not mean that you are respectable.thus its devastating influence on mankind.

spongebob916(2) Disputed
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There are a lot of things wrong with that paragraph, let me just open with, the only thing Albert Einstein did to help with the Atomic bomb was develop the theory of relativity, which was very much an indirect contribution. The man considered himself to be a pacifist. In fact, when war broke out he publicly stated "unconditionally refuse to do war service, direct or indirect... regardless of how the cause of the war should be judged." His only public response to the atomic bomb was, unconditionally refuse to do war service, direct or indirect... regardless of how the cause of the war should be judged." Additionally 500 BILLION PEOPLE. No. Absolutely not. There are only 7 billion on the planet right now, and this is the highest population the planet has ever seen. The planet population at that time, was only about 2.5 billion. He would've had to kill every human in existence 200 times. Continuing, the history of terrorism dates back at least 1500 years when Jewish resistance groups (66 - 72 A.D.) known as Zealots killed Roman soldiers and destroyed Roman property. Please, next time do your research before you criticize someone that someone else may look up too and respect. Do your research, period. Because if you don't then at the end of the day, you just look stupid.

Kinda(1649) Disputed
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Yeaah I wouldn't say Albert Einstein. He was a great man.. but not close to the greatest.

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Tough question but I'd have to say either George Washington or Thomas Jefferson. Washington because he had the opportunity to become king and turned it down flat and Jefferson because his vision of a free society continues to guide Western civilization more than two hundred years later.

Shianne(2) Disputed
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I oppose on thomas jefferson. he only freed blacks so that the north(people that only loved him) would get off his back. In the Notes on Virginia he stated that blacks are inferior to blacks but they hold only memories. In 1806 he issued a law that stated blacks had to leave the state within a year.

1. freed blacks were becoming a threat to slavery.

@. Blacks knew how to do everything so there was so much more competition that the whites didn't want to put up with.

Kinda(1649) Disputed
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Naaaahh....

Throughout the whole of the world's history, ages, countries, nations, wars, inventions etc. etc. and you can't go further than your own borders of people within the last couple of centuries?

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George S. Patton.

He got the job done and focused on the goal. Gave a big "FUCK YOU" to the media and ideologues.

Wish he was around now controlling our military.

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Leonardo daVinci

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In my opinion only people of violence should be allowed on this list, because anyone can get anything done with a gun, but to create real change against oppression non-violently is truly respectable. Here's my list so far: Amma, Ghandi, Bob Marley, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, J. K. Rowling (she gave so much money to charity that she lost her billionaire status), Charles Darwin, Marshal Rosenberg (creator of Nonviolent Communication, if you haven't learned it...learn it), Leymah Gbowee and the women of Liberia (able to achieve peace after a 14 year civil war), Leo Tolstoy, etc.

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Jack Bauer

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The most respectable person in history is humble, independent, adds to society, causes no evil, and has been crucial to our existence: the farmer.

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Yes. The farmer is one of the most humble and least respected position in todays world.

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hard to pick one...in fact impossible. (I love all these people putting Jesus Christ...who most likely didnt even exist...though, I guess you can argue he is still respected by many)

Here are a couple of good recent ones (proven existing people):

Martin Luther King

Ghandhi

Dahlai Lama

anyone that promotes peace!

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Mmm, it more depends on what you're looking for.

Admiration, I think, is something that comes from each individual as a sort of identification of their work with your own aspirations.

What I mean is, most wouldn't say Mussolini, but Hitler admired him greatly... and what do you know, they both turned out to be the same kind of person. It's all about what you're interested in.

I would have to say, any great philosopher, or person who uses reason for the good of all man kind is a very respectable person.

- Socrates

- Plato

- Aristotle

- Rousseau

- Descartes

- Kant

- Locke

- Leibniz

- Nietzsche

- Sartre

- Russell

- Mill

- Marx

- Gandhi

- Jefferson

These were all great thinkers and believe anyone who dedicates as much time to figure things out for the rest of the community, and with no wrong intention (whether it be to undermine the community they are thinking for, or using their thoughts only in argument to reach some sort of ends) are the most respectable people.

As soon as you set aside your biases and look directly at an issue for the good of the whole, and risk yourself in doing so, you make my books for being one of the most respectable of human beings.

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What I mean is, most wouldn't say Mussolini, but Hitler admired him greatly... and what do you know, they both turned out to be the same kind of person. It's all about what you're interested in.

Exactly.

I've downvoted 2 posts where Americans were chosen because other americans didn't have a wide enough choice and knowledge to make a good decision. They chose without consideration of others.. without even thinking about the greatness in others - not that I blame them we all live in ignorance.

I'm not saying I know the answer - just that they don't :D

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Oh come on, nobody has said Steve Jobs yet! Not one fanboy on the entire site, eh?

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If you ever get a chance, and assuming you haven't, read "iCon: Steve Jobs, The Second Act in the History of Business".

Steve's a weird one, and while I admire him for his business strategies and some of his philosophical outlook on life (and more), he's made decisions that I don't particularly understand. Abandoning his only child and her mother after struggling, himself, with the idea that he didn't know his biological parents.

He's a typical guy, really, but one that is resourceful, dedicated, and very clever... but, with all of that said, he's still a crooked, cut-throat business man at his core.

spongebob916(2) Disputed
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Steve Jobs isn't listed because he was an awful person, now I don't like to dump on the dead, so I'm not going to, but if you ever get a chance, look him up.

geoff(738) Disputed
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He robbed Xerox, that's not respectable.

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I find it extremely difficult to make any decision here. There have been hundreds of men in history who can be 'nominated'.

Here's a list of the 'types':

Generals/Warriors/Heroes/Scientists/Inventors/Philosophers/Explorers/Conquerers/Kings/Emporers/Freedom Fighters/Leaders etc. over the course of 10,000 YEARS if not more

Anybody add to the list...

IMO nobody can be defined as the most respectable because no two great people are comparable.

jesus christ is the best even if some dont belive that doesnt mean he isnt real

Side: jesus christ our savior
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Anyone who could compose something as beautiful as the fifth symphony of Beethoven should be the most respectable person!

Ludwing van Beethoven!

Side: jesus christ our savior
Side: Ludwig von Mises
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Wow erm well for me it has to William Wilberforce, he campaigned for near twenty seven years of his life to abolish the slave trade in Britain and he eventually achieved this with the Slave Trade Act of 1807 and eventually, before he died the Act 1833 officially abolished slavery in the British Empire.

Side: Ludwig von Mises
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In my opinion only people of violence should be allowed on this list, because anyone can get anything done with a gun, but to create real change against oppression non-violently is truly respectable. Here's my list so far: Amma, Ghandi, Bob Marley, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, J. K. Rowling (she gave so much money to charity that she lost her billionaire status), Charles Darwin, Marshal Rosenberg (creator of Nonviolent Communication, if you haven't learned it...learn it), Leymah Gbowee and the women of Liberia (able to achieve peace after a 14 year civil war), Leo Tolstoy, etc.

Side: Ludwig von Mises
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How can we fail to mention a living witness to this argument. Nelson Mandela. How many of you can forgive fellow brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors alike after undergoing torture, degradation, abuse, killings, inequality, trashing etc in their hands for 50years and 27 of those years subjected to all sorts of inhumane hard labour, only for you to pat them in back and genuinely tell them, folks; I forgive you so lets sit, enjoy and merry together, bygone must be bygone.

And for the record, whether Jesus Christ ever lived or not, he still retains the accolade of the Most Respectable, if not, can anyone tell me whose name living or dead is mentioned respectfully more than Jesus Christ on daily basis.

Side: Ludwig von Mises
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Jesus Christ, he was without sin, and he came to save all.

Side: Ludwig von Mises
beevbo(295) Disputed
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If that gal can pick Jesus then I'm picking Spider-man!

Side: Ludwig von Mises
Muaguana(154) Disputed
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Jesus Christ's existence is still disputed. And if he did exist, there is no evidence he was "without sin", and no evidence that he was sent by some divine power to "save all". If you want to believe that, go ahead. Just don't try to claim it as a solid fact, because it isn't.

Side: Ludwig von Mises
InvisaWoman(32) Disputed
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Even if you don't believe something as true nearly 83% of American's believe in the divine power of Jesus Christ. Many say that his life and words have had a positive change in their lives. There are numerous people who will cite him as their reason for getting off of drugs and alcohol and reconciling their marriages.

Not only that, but also even, if you do not believe that he is real, he is fact or fiction a historical figure. much of the driving force of many inventors, artist, writers and politicans to do good. for example... Martin Luther King Jr. not to mention many others..

and news flash you wouldn't be able to read your "God Delusion" book if it hadn't been for a catholic man named Gutenberg inventing the printing press.

Supporting Evidence: People who were influenced by religion (www.adherents.com)
Side: Ludwig von Mises
Cuaroc(8826) Disputed
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The debate says history not mythology.

Side: Ludwig von Mises
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Glad you limited the parameters on this one to a reasonable field. :)

Geez, Respectable, in HISTORY, huh?

Okay .. Julius "Groucho" Marx because he said "Time flies like a arrow, but fruit flies like a banana." and next would be Dave Barry.

I really respect funny.

Side: Ludwig von Mises
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So. Geoff: I gather you don't like the parameters of your debate topic being questioned or you dislike humor.

Oh, well. I don't find the question actually "debatable"

Side: Ludwig von Mises
geoff(738) Disputed
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I don't understand what you're referring to. This isn't a debate, it's a popularity contest.

Side: Ludwig von Mises