It’s arguably most well known as the title of the film inspired by mathematician John Nash, but A Beautiful Mind is something we should all aspire to have. While in Nash’s case it refers to his ability to perform complex mathematical gymnastics while grappling with mental illness, we prefer to look at it as a person’s ability to use the power of their mind for the benefit and good of others.
Below are our top five most Beautiful Minds of the past century – in no particular order.
The Dalai Lama
Religious views aside, there can be few who would argue that the Dalai Lama deserves a spot on this list.
A man of immense patience and an incomparable capacity for compassion and human kindness, the Dalai Lama is widely acknowledged as the World’s moral compass.
This man lives by the philosophy of; “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba, spent 27 years in prison fighting for equal rights and emerged to become South Africa’s first black President.
Never has a man exemplified the idea of burying the hatchet to the extent that Madiba did.
Madiba famously said; “As I walked toward my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison”.
If ever there was a man who typified the idea of will power it had to be India’s favourite son, Mohandas Gandhi.
Gandhi preached non-violent protest and waged a war with Britain using his mind, his conscience and his soul as weapons.
He stood steadfast in his passive ideals and refused to be swayed by the poisonous tongues that surrounded him. He summed this up poetically by saying; “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”.
An Albanian by birth, Mother Teresa has come to symbolize kindness. Her teachings, so simple and brilliantly obvious, echoed around the world.
She proffered charity and compassion and had a way of phrasing things that made her one of the most quoted personalities in the world. A favourite of ours is; “Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Apart from sharing a fondness for spherical wireframe eyewear with Gandhi, you would be forgiven for wondering how John Lennon makes this list. But, they’re more similar than you’d think; the Beatles lead singer has become known in death as an icon of peace, love and understanding.
Lennon famously stayed in bed with his new wife Yoko Ono for a week in protest of the Vietnam War. This non-violent protest clearly echoed the prevailing sentiment of the hippie movement; Make Love Not War.
One of his most famous quotes sums up his philosophy “If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliché that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.”