There's someone who inspires me, but I'm afraid he's no longer alive. He was a man that I would have sought out in person, would have asked to shake his hand and thank him for opening so many eyes to our world. He taught me and many others how obscure our world is, how insignificant our quarrels. How important our responsibility to be kind and help one another. He helped educate and inspire large communities, and was recognized for it.
One of the things I like about this individual is that he had a remarkable charisma. I feel that there are very few people who could blend science with poetry the way he could. This ability of his captivated millions and imparted humility, understanding, and a thirst for the unknown.
I cannot say that I don't admire others for their work. There is satisfaction to be found in hard labor, that work needs to be done, and the people that do it are nothing short of heroes. But the power to educate and inspire others ironically inspires me. I only wish I had something beyond my own creativity to give to others.Edit in:
I suppose I'll have to use my powers of creativity and innovation skills to come up with a way to shadow a dead man. For now, I'll settle on reading(the rest of) his books. There is nothing that says I cannot have more than one source of inspiration. I'll strive to be like him, but I'll keep my eyes open for another charismatic opener-of-eyes.
I might have to look for another source of inspiration for my mission. But for now, Carl Sagan
is the man that inspires me.